Here's what to expect on tonight's Raw:
Non-Title Match: 24/7 Champion R-Truth vs. Randy Orton
WrestleMania Rematch: Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins
Tag Team Elimination Match: The Viking Raiders vs. Andrade & Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega
WWE Women's Tag Team Championship Match: Sasha Banks & Bayley (champs; Bayley is also WWE Smackdown Women's champ) vs. The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka is WWE Raw Women's champ)
We kick off tonight's Raw with MVP and the VIP Lounge. MVP talks up tonight's guest and says it's someone who made Drew McIntyre. It's Dolph Ziggler! It should be noted that MVP has the new WWE United States championship with him. We see highlights of Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater from last week. Ziggler talks about wanting a WWE championship like MVP's WWE United States championship. They discuss the strategy of not revealing the stipulation for the match on Sunday. Ziggler claims he taught McIntyre everything he knows and without Ziggler, McIntyre wouldn't of beaten Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. MVP thanks Ziggler for all he has done since he knows McIntyre won't. HERE COMES MCINTYRE!! That honestly took longer than I thought for him to interrupt. McIntyre is all smiles. McIntyre is sorry to interrupt this ass kissing session. McIntyre is here to address Ziggler and McIntyre says Ziggler uses people. McIntyre says Ziggler is talented but on Sunday McIntyre is going to torture Ziggler. McIntyre doesn't want to wait until Sunday and hits Ziggler with a stiff right hand!!
Backstage, Charly Caruso is joined by Andrade, Angel Garza, and Zelina Vega. Charly asks how they're going to be on the same page tonight. Zelina answers on there behalf and says they already beat the Viking Raiders. Zelina says no men match up to Andrade and Garza and no woman matches up to her. Garza starts to talk and Andrade cuts him off to say they each have each others back and they want the Raw Tag Team championships. The Viking Raiders interrupt and basically say they will run through them tonight.
A vignette is shown for the Wyatt Swamp fight at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules.
We're starting the action with the Viking Raiders vs. Andrade and Angel Garza in an elimination tag team match. Andrade and Garza are accompanied by Zelina Vega. Andrade and Garza went on the attack early. The Raiders take over and work on Garza. Andrade gets a tag and eliminates Erik with the hammerlock DDT @ 2:32! Ivar is on his own now as we go to a commercial. Back from commercial, Andrade and Garza try to wear down Ivar but he takes them both out with a dive to the outside. Ivar goes for a spinning heel kick on Garza but accidentally hits Andrade with it and eliminated him @ 7:55! Garza didn't save Andrade even though Andrade had saved Garza twice. Ivar used the same spin kick on Garza but Andrade hung around to put Garza's foot on the rope. ANGEL GARZA GETS THE PIN ON IVAR FOR THE WIN AFTER A POWER BOMB @ 9:24!! After the match, Andrade fist bumps Garza after some hesitation.
Ruby Riott is interview backstage but she's interrupted by the IIconics before she can get a word out. Ruby is clearly annoyed with them and they have a tag team match tonight against Ruby and a partner of her choice. The IIconics say it's probably going to be a handicap match because Ruby has no friends....ENTER BIANCA BELAIR!!! THE EST OF WWE!!! She's Ruby's partner and that match is next!
I'm glad to see Bianca Belair back on Raw. She's got talent and deserves a chance to make something happen. The match starts with Ruby and Peyton. The IIconics isolate Ruby in the early portion of the match. Ruby finally gets the tag to Bianca and she wipes the mat with the IIconics. Peyton breaks up a count to save Billie Kay and things break down. BIANCA BELAIR PICKS UP THE WIN FOR HER TEAM AFTER HITTING THE KOD ON BILLIE KAY @ 3:28!! Bianca Belair and Ruby Riott celebrate afterward.
24/7 champion R-Truth is walking backstage and runs into Ricochet and Cedric Alexander. Truth says he heard Ricochet is the MVP of Raw. Ricochet clarifies that he is facing Bobby Lashley with MVP in his corner. Ricochet and Alexander tell Truth to focus on Orton. Truth says he is facing Flair tonight. They explain to him that Flair challenged Truth on Orton's behalf. Truth runs into Tozawa. He wants Tozawa to teach him to become a ninja in ten minutes. Tozawa says no and tries to roll up Truth to win the 24/7 title but Truth kicks out!! The other ninjas are here to back up Tozawa but Ricochet and Alexander back up Truth. Truth has had enough and tells Tozawa to go to the ring now for a 24/7 championship match!
Back from commercial break, Tozawa is in the ring with his ninjas ready for the match. Truth doesn't like that the ninjas are out here. HERE COMES SHAYNA BASZLER!!!! She looks pissed!! SHAYNA DESTROYS ALL THE NINJAS!! TRUTH DISMISSES HIMSELF! Baszler grabs a mic and says she's done being patient!! Baszler says all the women's champions need a reality check and she is that reality!! The match never happened.
We see highlights of the tag match that Rey Mysterio and Kevin Owens won against Seth Rollins and Murphy. Murphy is backstage with Rollins. Murphy is concerned about the "Eye for an Eye" match. Rollins says nothing happens with out sacrifice and Rollins reminds him that they asked for this. Rollins tells Murphy to focus on his match against Aleister Black because Rollins has a message to deliver.
WWE 2K Battlegrounds the video game will be released September 18th and we see a video of some game play. I give the WWE props for recognizing that the last game was a flop so they're trying something different.
Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring for his match with Kevin Owens in a rematch from WrestleMania 36. Before Owens make his way to the ring, Rollins has some words for us. He says "An eye for an eye". He repeats it about 10 times. Rollins thought Rey meant it as a metaphor but he now realizes that's not the case and Rey meant it literally. Rollins is trying to understand how we got to this point because he's just trying to lead Raw to a greater future. He says no such match has ever been sanctioned in this company. Rollins needs us to understand that he never meant to harm Rey Mysterio. Rollins did what he did to fulfill the prophecy and the needs of the WWE Universe. Rollins says this years Extreme Rules is The Horror Show and that's exactly what it will be. Rollins will tear Rey's eye until he's completely blind. Rollins says he won't see his son get married, his wife again, or the sun rise again. Extreme Rules will be a new beginning for Raw....KEVIN OWENS INTERRUPTS! Owens says when he thought of the idea for the tag match to choose the stipulation, he didn't think Rey would choose what he did. But Rollins is such a scum bag that he forced Rey to the point of wanting to tear Rollins' eye out. Owens' says Rollins doesn't need to worry about Sunday and then gives Rollins an eye patch. Rollins calls for Murphy to come out which also brings out Aleister Black!! A brawl starts!! Commercial break...
We come back from the break and Murphy vs. Aleister Black is already in progress. Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens are at ringside. This had some good back and forth action as the matches between these two typically do. ALEISTER BLACK HIT BLACK MASS ON MURPHY BUT ROLLINS PULLED BLACK OUT TO CAUSE A DQ @ 4:41! After the match, Rey Mysterio and Dominick run down to the ring and they along with Black and Owens surround Rollins in the ring as we got to commercial.
Back from the break, we got Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens. Aleister Black, Rey Mysterio, and Dominick are ringside. It's all Owens in the early going. Every time Rollins tries to escape, Black, Mysterio, and Dominick make sure he doesn't. Rollins finally turns the tide by targeting the leg of Owens and hitting a suicide dive on the outside as we go to another commercial. Back from the break, Rollins is still in control. Good back and forth action with near falls by both men. Rollins looked to hit the stomp but Owens avoided it and tried a stunner which Rollins avoided. They battled on the top turnbuckle where Rollins targeted Owens' eye. Rollins looked for the stomp but was distracted by all the guys on the outside allowing OWENS TO HIT THE STUNNER FOR THE WIN @ 16:39!! Rollins crawls away afterward and Rey grabs a mic. Rey says Rollins crossed every line and this Sunday Rollins will walk in with two eyes but will be carried out with only one!!
Ric Flair is backstage is approached by the Big Show. Flair is glad because he had something to say to Big Show. Flair references his hall of fame speech where he said Big Show is the best big man he ever worked with. Flair says Big Show has done it all but right now he's picking a fight he can't win. Flair says you can't do Hollywood and wrestle. Flair tells Big Show to go into the hall of fame healthy and not with an injury at the hands of Randy Orton. Flair tells him to think it over because it's not too late to back out. Big Show tells him he knows what he's trying to do. Big Show says he's never seen Randy Orton this dangerous and he knows what Orton has done to Edge and Christian. Big Show asks Flair if he is willing to sacrifice his friendships in this business so Orton can be the Legend Killer again?
Kevin Rudolf's "Watch Me Now" if the official theme song for The Horror Show at Extreme Rules.
We see a video package of how Randy Orton became the Legend Killer. Great video package as Orton has been great lately. Randy Orton is talking backstage now. He says you're lucky if you leave the business with a handful of friends. He talks about how used to be friends with Big Show, Christian, and Edge. Orton talks about his relationship with Flair and says Flair would never do anything to jeopardize their friendship. Orton talks about R-Truth and how he entertains everyone. Orton says Truth will be another chapter in the history of the Legend Killer tonight. Flair comes and tells Orton it's time to go. Orton says he'll be right there and gives Flair a long stare as Flair walks off. Orton continues to deliver the goods with his promos!
Time for R-Truth vs. Randy Orton! Flair comes out before Orton and asks Truth what's up? Flair wants to celebrate Truth's greatness! Flair says Orton loves Truth like Flair does and says Orton won't punt Truth tonight. Here comes Orton! The match begins and Truth tells Orton to hold up! Truth tries to hit Orton with a scissors kick but ORTON DUCKS AND HITS A RKO FOR THE WIN @ 0:33!! Orton walks towards Truth and Flair tries to stop Orton but Orton pushes Flair away. Orton sets up for the punt and HERE COMES BIG SHOW!! Orton tells Big Show that if he takes one more step then he'll punt Truth's head off!! Orton says the punt kick didn't even have Truth's name on it....it had Big Show's!! Orton challenges Big Show to an unsanctioned match next week!! BIG SHOW ACCEPTS!!
Cedric Alexander and Ricochet are backstage when MVP and Bobby Lashley approach them. MVP is interviewed about Sunday. MVP isn't worried because he has already beaten Apollo Crews. Lashley promises to leave Ricochet nursing injuries tonight. Drew McIntyre is spotted and asked about not knowing the stipulation this Sunday. Dolph Ziggler attacks and they brawl until they're pulled apart!!
Commentary tells us to check out the 365 special on Ricochet on the WWE Network.
Bobby Lashley vs. Ricochet now. MVP and Cedric Alexander are at ringside. Ricochet tries some kicks right out of the gate but Lashley isn't having it. I can't picture this lasting long. LASHLEY DOMINATES AND DEFEATS RICOCHET BY MAKING HIM TAP OUT TO THE FULL NELSON @ 3:35!! This was a squash where Ricochet got very little offense in. After the match, Cedric tries to help but also gets locked in the full nelson!
Commentary talks about The Horror Show at Extreme Rules as they run down the card.
Charly Caruso interviews the Big Show. She asks him about the unsanctioned match and all he says was that he accepts and walks off.
It's time for the WWE Women's Tag Team championship match. Sasha Banks and Bayley defend against the Kabuki Warriors next! Bayley and Sasha Banks want to talk before the match. They want to watch their tribute to themselves again. They run around hugging each other after until the Kabuki Warriors arrive. Banks and Bayley attack Asuka and Kairi Sane before the match begins! The Kabuki Warriors gain the upper hand forcing Banks and Bayley to bail as we go to a commercial break.
Back from the break, the match has officially begun. Banks and Asuka start the match. Banks powders and tags Bayley which seems to have Asuka pissed. The champs isolate Asuka early until she is able to tag Kairi Sane who gives the challengers the advantage. The Kabuki Warriors hit the champions with a double hip attack sending them to the outside. Following that, Asuka takes control of Sasha Banks. Kairi Sane comes back in for the challengers but the champs regain the advantage and send Kairi into the plexiglass outside as we go to a commercial. Back from commercial, the champs are in control of Kairi. Kairi finally makes a hot tag to Asuka!! Banks tags Bayley as well! Asuka runs wild on the champs! The champs are able to withstand Asuka's run and they take back over the match. Asuka and Banks trade near falls and Asuka locks Banks in the Asuka Lock but Banks makes it to the ropes! Kairi makes a blind tag and HITS THE INSANE ELBOW!! Only a 2 count as Bayley breaks it up! BANKS IS ABLE TO LOCK KAIRI IN THE BANK STATEMENT AND KAIRI TAPS OUT @ 18:12!!! BANKS AND BAYLEY RETAIN!!! Banks and Bayley celebrate to end the show! Easily the best match of the night on a night where the wrestling wasn't particularly good and promos carried the show.
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Fall out from The Horror Show at Extreme Rules!
Unsanctioned Match: Randy Orton vs. Big Show