We’re back live and Buddy Murphy is standing at a pulpit, flanked by Akam and Rezar. He introduces the man who single-handedly saved Monday Night Raw, Seth Rollins. The Monday Night Messiah comes out in his furry jacket and his new Titantron is his stained glass image, on his way to the ring he shakes hands with fans like The Pope. I think he’s growing the beard out and I gotta say, I’m loving this gimmick.
Seth stands at the pulpit and thanks the fans for making him the Monday Night Messiah. Seth says he didn’t come up with the term sermon for this segment, he just wanted a few minutes to talk to the fans. However a sermon is appropriate because what he has to say is divine. Seth says we are gathered here tonight to celebrate progress, the future, and moving forward through his vision.
Rollins says that phase one of his movement featured some resistance but it was completed last week when they beat Samoa Joe, Kevin Owens, and The Viking Raiders. The fans tell him he sucks but Seth asks them for respect. He says he and his followers have proven that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to if you have belief and devotion. But now the work begins.
— WWE (@WWE) February 18, 2020
He says he does not take the responsibility of Messiah lightly, he takes it very seriously. Phase 2 of the movement won’t be easy but it will be for the greater good. He says phase 2 is to seek out the weak and the non-compliant, the flaws in the system, and attempt to rehabilitate them if possible. Or eradicate them if they must. Seth says this is not a promise, threat, or warning, it comes from his heart. It is the gospel. If there are any WWE Superstars who are not complaint, they will suffer the fate of the weak. If they stand in the way of progress…
The Viking Raiders run to the ring and brawl with Akam and Rezar, meanwhile Rollins retreats with Buddy. Seth tells Murphy to go fight but he too gets beaten down. Seth is yelling on the stage when Kevin Owens appears and gives him a Stunner!
Charly Caruso interviews Seth Rollins backstage and says his sermon didn’t go as planned. Seth says more breaking news from Chuck. He says that his disciples are the only ones who treat him with the respect he deserves, but tonight they’re gonna smite Owens and The Viking Raiders.
AJ Styles makes his return alongside Karl Anderson and Luka Gallows. Styles says he is back on Monday Night Raw and it’s in good time because WrestleMania would be nothing without him. Gallows says AJ is phenomenal when that WrestleMania sign is hanging up there – all three men point at the sign. Anderson says that, as far as they are concerned, he’s the new Mr. WrestleMania.
— WWE (@WWE) February 18, 2020
Styles says that, being the humble person he is, he can agree that he is the best wrestler on any roster. However he actually has some critics that don’t think he’s the greatest of all-time. But when he wins the gauntlet match in Saudi Arabia he’s gonna say “who’s next?” He says he doesn’t care who’s next, it could be Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, Ricochet, The Undertaker, Razor Ramon, Diesel, Sting, Hulk Hogan, or the whole NWO.
Ricochet comes to the ring and Styles tells him to hold on. He says he was joking when he mentioned Ricochet, just being nice. Really, nobody believes Ricochet could ever be WWE Champion. And what has he done to deserve his shot against Brock in the first place. Ricochet says he isn’t mad that AJ thinks he doesn’t deserve it, but the fact is he earned it. And at Super ShowDown he will beat Brock Lesnar and become WWE Champion. He challenges AJ to a match right now but Karl Anderson says he can’t let AJ face Ricochet in his first match back.
Karl Anderson Vs. Ricochet
The match begins and Anderson kicks the shin of Ricochet, but the one and only quickly comes back and sends him from the ring. Ricochet hits a twisting plancha to Anderson on the oustide as we head to the break.
Back live and Anderson gets rolled-up by Ricochet for a two-count. Anderson catches the high-flyer with a neckbreaker for a two-count, then takes a headlock. During the commercial break, AJ dropped Ricochet with a clothesline, then he and Gallows got ejected from ringside!
Ricochet fights to his feet but Anderson drops him with a back elbow. Ricochet hits a rolling dropkick to create some distance. Ricochet comes off the ropes with a flying forearm, then gets on the apron and kicks the buckles into Anderson’s face before a springboard crossbody.
Ricochet hits a standing shooting star for a two-count, then heads up top for a 630 but Anderson moves. Anderson catches Ricochet with a spinebuster and gets a near-fall. Ricochet counters Karl and hits a superkick, followed by a fireman’s carry kick for the win.
Charly Caruso is backstage with Liv Morgan. She asks Liv how she feels about what’s happened with Ruby Riott. Liv says she was as excited as anyone to see her friend back from injury and as surprised as everyone else. But Ruby betrayed her and threw her trust to the side. She says having someone you trust so wholly betray you could break you. But she’s not that little puppy dog anymore, she found a home in her own skin. So she’s going to pin Ruby Riott inside Elimination Chamber and go on to WrestleMania.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) February 18, 2020
KEVIN OWENS & THE VIKINGS RAIDERS VS. MURPHY & THE AUTHORS OF PAIN
Owens starts the match against Murphy and immediately beats him down in the corner. Tag to Ivar, who uppercuts Murphy and chops him. Murphy counters a body slam but gets shoulder tackled. Erik tags in and delivers a shoulder to Murphy’s mid-section in the corner, then drops him with a forearm. Erik stares at Akam and Rezar.
Owens gets the tag again and he drills Murphy with a knee before chopping him in the corner. Erik tags in again and he body slams Ivar onto Murphy for a two-count. Murphy lands a jawbreaker and tags Akam, who shoves Erik. The two behemoths exchange forearms and right hands until Erik forces him to the corner and tags Ivar. The Vikings deliver knees to the face of Akam.
Erik is legal again and Akam catches him with a high powerslam, followed by ground and pound. Rezar tags in and Akam throws Erik into a knee from the former MMA fighter. Rezar beats Erik into the corner before tagging Murphy again, who takes a headlock. Owens gets the hot tag and comes in against Murphy with a lariat and a senton.
Back live and Rezar is pounding Kevin Owens into the mat. Murphy makes the tag but Owens drops him with a superkick. Murphy prevents Owens from making a tag and makes one himself to Rezar. The big man takes a guillotine before forcing him to the corner and delivering big knees and tags Murphy again.
Owens trades shots with Murphy and drops him with a big right. Tags made to Rezar and Ivar. The Viking boots the Author, then Akam runs in and he gets booted down as well. Murphy comes in and eats a spinning heel kick. Ivar hits a seated senton to Rezar, cartwheels past Akam, then drops him with a lariat. Erik tags in and hits double knees to Rezar, then throws Ivar into him in the corner.
Kevin Owens tags in and hits a Swanton Bomb for a near-fall. Owens lifts Rezar and looks for a Stunner but Rezar shoves him back and hits a lariat. Murphy tags in but gets caught with a Pop-Up Powerbomb. Akam breaks the pin but the Vikings toss him outside alongside Rezar, then hit stereo suicide dives. Owens then catches Murphy with a Stunner but Seth Rollins appears and beats on Owens!
Winners Via Disqualification: Kevin Owens & The Viking Raiders
Akam and Rezar beat on Erik and Ivar on the outside, before joining Murphy and Seth in the ring and beating him down. Seth gets a mic as his followers hold Owens up. He says this is what happens when you stand in the way of progress. He says Owens has crucified him since day one, but now it’s time for them to crucify him.
— WWE (@WWE) February 18, 2020
The Street Profits come running down to make the save, and Dawkins sends Murphy flying on the ramp with a shoulder. Ford hits a spingboard crossbody to Akam, while Dawkins tackles Rezar. They stare down Rollins alongside Erik and Ivar, then Seth high-tails it as Akam and Rezar come back with Murphy. The babyfaces beat the heels down; Owens hits Rezar with a Stunner, while Ford and Ivar hit stereo splashes to Murphy and Akam.
And that’s it for this week’s WWE Raw. Let us know what you thought of the show and come back next on Wednesday night for AEW and NXT live results. Until then, safe travels!