Welcome to Ringside News’ live results, highlights, winners and reactions for the February 22, 2021 episode of WWE RAW.
Start time for tonight’s show is 8:00 PM EST. Match-by-match highlights and results from the show will take place on this very page, so you should update frequently to get the latest happenings. Feel free to leave any reactions in the comment section below.
Soooooo, The Miz is the WWE Champion. Last night the A-Lister cashed-in after Drew McIntyre retained his title in the Elimination Chamber and suffered an attack at the hands of Bobby Lashley. This marks the first time Miz has been Champion in almost a decade and the big question is whether or not he can hold onto it until WrestleMania. Regardless, we suspect we’ll be hearing a lot of gloating tonight from Miz but surely Drew McIntyre will be out for revenge, while Lashley wants the title. And where does Sheamus fit into all of this? It’s certainly an interesting title picture.
Speaking of Lashley, he actually lost his United States Championship in a Triple Threat last night, where Riddle pinned John Morrison. It seems Lashley has moved on to the main event scene, so who does Riddle feud with next? Does he keep going with Morrison? Will Keith Lee return and want his rightful shot? Or does someone like AJ Styles or Sheamus slot in? Let us know what you think is next for the US Champion.
Not much is known about tonight’s RAW so far, but we can assume we’ll hear from the pregnant Lacey Evans and father Ric Flair, which also leaves Asuka without a challenger. And there’s always the possibility we’ll see the return of The Fiend to continue his feud with Randy Orton. WrestleMania season is upon us and there’s a lot of spinning plates, so we want to know what’s on your mind. Let us know below and enjoy!
This week’s RAW opens with a look back at the RAW Elimination Chamber match, which Drew McIntyre won. Following the match Bobby Lashley assaulted McIntyre all around ringside, and then Mr. Money In The Bank came out to pick the bones. The new WWE Champion, The Miz, makes his way to the ring for a very special edition of Miz TV.
The Miz welcomes us to the show and calls it “Champion’s edition”. He says 16 years ago he stepped into a WWE ring and everyone in the locker room and all the fans said he wouldn’t last three months. Well here he is, all these years later, still here and the WWE Champion. He says the top stars of his generation have come and gone, the Batista’s, the John Cena’s, all run away to Hollywood to make buddy cop movies and commercials. Miz says none of them have his star or staying power. Miz then says he called his spot, like the Babe Ruth of WWE. Everybody thought the knew what WrestleMania was going to look like but he had other plans, and now he is the only 2X Grand Slam Champion in the history of WWE.
Miz starts to say he has earned the title and demanded respect when he gets interrupted by Bobby Lashley and MVP. When they get to the ring MVP congratulates Miz but says he failed to tell everyone that Bobby Lashley wrecked Drew McIntyre, allowing him to win the title. Miz says he was getting there and he thanks them. Miz turns to leave but MVP calls him back and says last night John Morrison cost Lashley the United States Championship, and he promised them a Championship shot if he won the title, and they want him to pay his debt. Miz says he remembers but he has a lot on his plate right now, between Miz & Mrs, Fastlane, WrestleMania, photoshoots, and more. Lashley grabs him by the tie and says he has one hour to make the decision. One way or another Lashley will beat Miz senseless and it will be awesome.
Riddle is with Lucha House Party backstage and they congratulate him on winning the United States Championship, but he thought they were congratulating him on winning a game of Call of Duty: Warzone. He thanks them and says he’s going to call the eagle on the belt Travis. He has a match with Morrison after the break and Riddle rides off on a scooter.
The bell rings and Riddle takes the back of John and takes him down. Riddle looks for an armbar but Morrison rolls him up for a two-count and Riddle let’s go. They lock-up and again Riddle goes to the back but Morrison elbows him, then hits a heel kick and attempts a standing shooting star but Riddle catches him in a triangle choke. Morrison scrambles to the bottom rope to get free and Riddle smiles at him. They stand like Mortal Kombat characters and trade some punches and kick and lots of reversals but Morrison drops Riddle with a capoeira kick, then Riddle hits a gutwrench suplex for a two-count.
Riddle forearms Morrison and he fires right back, then Riddle catches a kick and punches him in the gut, then Morrison sticks a thumb in his eye. Morrison takes Riddle down using capoeira, then goes to a choke but Riddle fights up. Riddle spills over the apron and Morrison does a spinning splash to him and landed hard on his knee. Morrison gets Riddle back inside and runs at him but Riddle flips him over the ropes and they land on the apron. They trade shots on the apron until Riddle hits a fisherman suplex.
We’re back live and Morrison hits an Alabama Slam for a near-fall. Morrison goes to a modified chicken wing submission but Riddle quickly fights up, only for JoMo to force him to the corner and land some strikes. Riddle fights out and lands a Pele kick, then kips-up and hits a running forearm in the corner and an exploder suplex. Riddle misses a PK, then a standing moonsault and Morrison rolls outside. Riddle goes to the apron and kicks Morrison, then hits the Floating Bro and gets him back inside.
Riddle hits a German suplex for a near-fall. Morrison puts Riddle in the corner and drills him with shoulders. Riddle kicks him back and heads up top but Morrison leaps up and hits a Spanish fly for a near-fall. Morrison wants Moonlight Drive but Riddle counters with the Bro-2-Sleep. Morrison superkicks Riddle, then hits a big knee to the face. Morrison looks for Starship Pain but Riddle catches him and hits the BroDerek for the win.
The Miz only has 30 minutes left to make his decision on whether to give Lashley a title match.
We see a promo video for Rhea Ripley, who is “coming soon” to the red brand.
We see some highlights of Saturday Night Live last week, where Bad Bunny was the musical guest. Bunny and Priest are walking backstage when they get stopped for an interview. Bunny says the 24/7 Championship is just the beginning but R-Truth appears behind with a referee and Priest calls him out. Truth hugs the referee and says they’re just friends. Truth pretends like he wasn’t trying to get the title and says all he wants is an autograph but he forgot his pen. Priest gets in his face and Truth runs off.
The Miz is backstage with Adam Pearce, saying he shouldn’t be allowing this to happen. Miz says Lashley shouldn’t be allowed to bully people and that he had no written agreement with Lashley to help him last night. Pearce says he respects Miz and agrees that everyone doubted him but he needs to make a decision and the clock is ticking. Miz isn’t happy and pulls out his phone.
We start the match with Woods and T-Bar instantly drops him with a knee. Woods takes the wrist of T-Bar and tags Kofi for a double stomp to the arm. Kofi grabs the arm and works it over as well but T-Bar lifts him and hits a sloppy body slam before tagging Mace. Kofi gets his head slammed into the mat repeatedly, then hoisted up and booted down by T-Bar for a two-count. Mace tags T-Bar again and they stomp Kofi down, isolating him in their corner.
T-Bar hits a backbreaker and tags Mace again, then boots Woods off the apron and they team for a double Chokeslam and look to pin but Mustaga demands they do it again. Mace tags T-Bar and they look to do it again but Woods pulls the top rope down and T-Bar goes over, then Kofi drops Mace with Trouble In Paradise. T-Bar runs back in and he also gets dropped with Trouble In Paradise.
After the match Ali gets on the microphone and berates them, asking how many times are they going to disrespect him. He shoves and yells at them, then walks off.
Bobby Lashley and MVP are coming to the ring for Miz’s decision, and Lashley is in his gear ready to go.
Adam Pearce is in the ring and he says the hour is up, so it’s time for Miz to answer the ultimatum. Lashley and MVP come to the ring, followed by Miz and Morrison. Lashley is not happy seeing Miz still wearing a suit. Pearce stands between the four of them and asks Miz to make his decision right now. Miz says he has made his decision and his answer is that he needs more time. Lashley tells him to stop wasting his time, it’s like wasting his money and he doesn’t like that. Miz makes more excuses, like saying he already promised John Morrison a shot at the title. He simply needs more time. Miz says he understands Lashley wants the WWE Championship, he deserves it, but he needs to be at his best and right now he’s not 100%.
Miz asks Pearce for even a week but as they’re talking, Braun Strowman’s music hits and he stomps down to the ring. Strowman says he’s the only person who deserves a WWE Title shot. Pearce says he can’t demand anything but Strowman says it’s clear Pearce and Shane McMahon have a vendetta against him, and that’s why he wasn’t in the Elimination Chamber. He says he’s more qualified than Lashley, seeing as he’s a former Universal Champion. Miz tries to stir the pot between Braun and Lashley but out comes Shane McMahon!
Shane tells everyone to chill out and asks Pearce what kind of ship he’s running. Shane says Braun can’t storm down to the ring and demand a title match, and if he still can’t grasp the concept of the Elimination Chamber match, Braun was never WWE Champion. Braun says the concept sucks, Shane sucks, Miz sucks, Lashley sucks, it all sucks and he wants a WWE Championship opportunity tonight. Shane says that idea sucks. Braun says if that’s the case, then give him Lashley. Shane likes that idea and books it, and if Braun can win tonight then next week it will be The Miz Vs. Bobby Lashley Vs. Braun Strowman for the WWE Championship! Strowman makes a smart comment as Shane is leaving and Lashley hits him with a chop block from behind. Lashley leaves and stares down Braun from the ramp.
MVP is on commentary as Shelton and Cedric take on Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik. All four men brawl around the ring with Shelton dropping Metalik with a lariat and Cedric hitting a snapmare and stiff dropkick to Dorado. They knock Dorado out of the ring and double-team Metalik, with Cedric hitting a snap suplex for a two-count. Dorado runs back in but Shelton beats him, then applies a Gory Bomb and Cedric hits a dropkick to Dorado in the move for a near-fall. The Hurt Business continue to isolate Metalik and beat him down.
Cedric goes out and slams Dorado into the barricade and the apron, then gets him bac in the ring. Metalik starts firing back against Benjamin. MVP yells at his boys to take care of business and not play games. Metalik gets double-teamed in the corner, then Benjamin lifts him and Cedric hits the ropes but Dorado grabs Benjamin and pulls him from the ring. The Lucha’s double-team Shelton and cover but Cedric breaks it up. Shelton rolls out and they chop Alexander in the corner, then Dorado hits a hurricanrana from up top and Metalik jumps for a springboard double stomp but nobody’s home. Benjamin runs in and shoulder blocks Metalik, sending him out of the ring. Alexander hits a big knee to Dorado and shoves him into Paydirt from Shelton for the win.
We see a replay of last Monday when Bad Bunny won the 24/7 Championship with an assist from Damian Priest. Priest and Bunny make their way to the ring. After the break Priest will be in action.
The bell rings and Priest floors Garza right away, then backs him into the corner and clobbers him with forearms and right hands. Priest whips Garza to the ropes and hits a spinning back elbow for a one-count. Garza yanks Priest down into the buckles, then hits a running clothesline before ripping his pants off and throwing them at Bad Bunny. Garza taunts Bunny while beating Priest on the mat and grinding his face. Garza hits a running face wash to Priest in the corner and continues to taunt Bunny.
Garza gets Priest in a rear chinlock but Damian starts to power out, so Angel let’s go and stomps him a few times, then goes back to it. Priest slowly uses his strength to get out of the move and starts firing off right hands. Priest hits a headkick, then drops Garza with a right hand a double slap. Damian moves to the corner and stomps before hitting a flying back elbow to Garza and a falcon arrow for a near-fall.
Garza tries to crawl out of the ring but Priest drags him back in but Garza knocks him back and clotheslines him over the ropes to the floor. Garza tells Bunny to get into the ring and he sits on the middle rope, so Bunny starts up the steps but Priest is back in the ring and he hits an enziguiri followed by a flying heel kick. Priest screams before grabbing Angel and hitting The Reckoning for the win.
Priest brings Bunny into the ring and they celebrate together. Akira Tozawa runs down with the usual 24/7 jobbers but Priest knocks most of them out of the ring, then Bunny tosses Drew Gulak over the ropes.
We see a replay of last Monday where Randy Orton got eliminated from the Gauntlet Match thanks to Alexa Bliss. Orton is backstage and says he should have won that match. Then last night he should have won the Elimination Chamber but he was the first man out. So what’s the problem? What’s the distraction? He deals with his distractions, like The Fiend – we see a replay of Orton setting The Fiend on fire. Orton says he’s long gone, then coughs a few times, and says Alexa Bliss is the thing distracting him. Orton coughs up a dark black liquid and runs off in a panic.
Charlotte Flair makes her way to the ring after replays of last week when she was told by Lacey Evans that she is pregnant with her father’s baby. Charlotte will be in action after the break.
The match begins with Asuka and Baszler and the Empress takes the wrist but Baszler counters with a kick to the thigh. Baszler tries again but Asuka catches it and wraps her up in an armbar attempt. Baszler fights it but Asuka tags Charlotte and she takes control of the wrist. Baszler manages to tag Jax but Flair wallops her with chops and Baszler runs in but gets caught with an exploder suplex. Flair and Asuka dropkick Jax out of the ring, then do the same to Shayna.
Back live and Jax is holding Asuka with a submission, then slams her into the buckles and tags Shayna. Baszler hits a snapmare and a kick to the back for a two-count. Baszler stands on Asuka’s face and tags Nia, who comes in and stomps on her. Jax continues the assault on Asuka before tagging Shayna back in and she goes right to work on the arm but Asuka dodges the big stomp and tags Charlotte. Flair comes in hot and slams Baszler into the buckles, then stomps her down. Flair runs Baszler into the other corner but Shayna manages to back up and tag Jax so they can hit a double suplex but Charlotte lands on her feet.
Flair drops Baszler and chops Jax, then goes to the apron and shoulders Nia before hitting a big boot to Shayna. Flair jumps back into the ring and drops Jax with a boot but then gets caught with a huge powerbomb for a near-fall. Jax is angry and she connects with a lariat before tagging Baszler again. The Tag Champs isolate Charlotte and Baszler attempts a Kimura but Charlotte rolls out only to get kicked in the ribs. Jax tags in again and lifts Charlotte but gets rolled up – I think it was supposed to be a buckle bomb but Nia’s positioning was off. Shayna runs in and knocks Asuka off the apron but Flair gets her in the Figure Four, only for Nia to hit a leg drop to break it up.
Tag made to Asuka and she hits a missile dropkick to Baszler and the tag is made to Jax. Asuka hits both Champions with running hip attacks in opposite corners, then catches Nia with a Codebreaker for a near-fall. Asuka goes to an armbar but Shayna kicks her hard – Asuka looks concussed – then lifts her but Asuka goes for the Asuka Lock but Charlotte inadvertently boots Asuka! Jax then shoves Flair out and hits Asuka with a leg drop for the win.
After the match Charlotte tries to help Asuka up but the Empress shoves her hand away. Charlotte leaves angry and Asuka stumbles around the ring.
Still to come, Braun Strowman Vs. Bobby Lashley. Up next howeer, Jeff Hardy takes on Sheamus.
The match gets underway and Sheamus runs at Hardy right away and hits him with a knee and beats him down. Sheamus beats Jeff in the corner, then whips him but gets caught with a headscissors. Sheamus catches Jeff with a back elbow, then stands on his face. Sheamus lifts Jeff and grinds him down with an armlock and elbows to the face. Hardy hits an arm-drag that sends Sheamus of the ring, and when he comes back in Jeff stomps him.
Sheamus comes right back with a lariat and looks pissed. Sheamus lifts Jeff for White Noise but Hardy gets away and tosses him to the apron. Sheamus wants the Beats of the Bodhran but Jeff elbows him, then kicks him off the apron and into the barricade. Hardy goes out and runs up the steps to hit a flying leg lariat and both men are down on the floor as we head to the break.
We’re back live and Sheamus is smashing Jeff with elbows on the mat. Hardy fires back but eats a knee to the gut and three backbreakers. Sheamus continues the assault but Hardy catches him with a jawbreaker, then looks for a Twist of Fate but Sheamus kicks him away. Sheamus misses a shoulder tackle in the corner and Hardy follows-up with Whisper in the Wind. Both men trade shots and Hardy drops Sheamus with a forearm, then tips him over and hits a leg drop and a basement dropkick.
Jeff looks for a splash but Sheamus gets his knees-up and covers for a near-fall. Sheamus runs at Jeff in the corner but gets kicked, then Jeff goes to the middle rope and hits a splash for a near-fall. Hardy drops Sheamus with a mule kick, then looks for a rope-assisted dropkick but Sheamus kicks him away. Sheamus lifts Jeff but gets caught with a Twist of Fate. Hardy goes up top and jumps for a Swanton Bomb but Sheamus moves and they trade roll-up attempts for a minute, then Sheamus hits Jeff with a Brogue Kick and that’s that.
Ric and Charlotte Flair are backstage and she says she can’t do this crap anymore. She says he is distracting her from what she loves. She says he has the audacity to pretend like Lacey’s baby is his and it’s not about which of them is better, it’s about their legacy. She says she is busting her ass but he is hindering her every time she goes out there. Ric says he never said the baby was his and he sees a lot of potential in a good human being but Charlotte cuts him off and says he sees potential in skinny blondes.
Ric continues that she has potential and he thought he could motivate her. He says he played a role in making Charlotte one of the all-time greats and he wants the women’s division to be the biggest thing there is. Charlotte says she doesn’t see it that way because he only shows up when she’s in the ring. She thanks him for everything he has given her but she needs to be Charlotte Flair.
The match begins with Naomi and Dana, and the former backs the latter to the corner and peppers her with kicks. Lana gets the tag and she kicks Brooke in the face before attempting a pin. Brooke backs Lana into the corner and tags Mandy before body slamming her. Mandy hits a running knee for a two-count, then stomps Lana in the corner before tagging Brooke again. Brooke and Mandy use quick tags to keep Lana away from Naomi but eventually she gets there and Lana knocks Brooke off the apron. Naomi and Lana team to hit a double X-Factor for the pinfall.
AJ Styles makes his way to the ring alongside Omos. He’ll be in action against Ricochet after the break.
The match gets underway and Ricochet drops AJ with a dropkick right away. Ricochet peppers AJ with kicks until he falls out of the ring. Styles, angry, runs back in and gets hit with a scoop slam. Ricochet kicks AJ and hits a leg drop before lifting him for a suplex but Styles lands on his feet and kicks the knee. AJ suplexes Ricochet into the turnbuckles to slow the pace. AJ hits a backbreaker before going to a sleeper hold. Ricochet fights up but AJ catches him with a dropkick.
AJ kicks him in the corner but Ricochet catches his boot and beats him across the ring to the opposite corner until the referee tells him to stop. AJ chops the throat and hits a suplex onto the ropes and looks to grab him in mid-air for a Styles Clash but they botch it. Styles lifts him up but Ricochet counters with a hurricanrana for a near-fall. Ricochet slams AJ, then goes to the top rope and attempts a 450 but AJ moves. Styles knees Ricochet in the jaw and lifts his limp body to hit the Styles Clash for the win.
After the match Omos comes into the ring and lifts Ricochet up by the neck before tossing him down and roaring.
The Miz and John Morrison are backstage and Miz is not happy with what’s happening tonight. Braun appears and stares at them until they walk away.
This mammoth showdown gets underway with The Miz watching from ringside. They lock-up and struggle for control but Braun overpowers Lashley. Bobby then takes the back of Braun and lifts him up and slams him, then stares at him. Strowman then does the same to Lashley and drops some hammerfists on his head. Braun whips Lashley hard into the buckles, then delivers some back elbows and a running splash in the corner. Strowman lifts Lashley but Bobby holds onto the ropes, so Braun dumps him over the ropes. Braun goes out and runs around the ring at Lashley and jumps at him but Lashley leaps onto the apron and Braun hits the steel steps.
Lashley runs up the steps and jumps onto Braun, then gets him back in the ring and hits a Flatliner for a two-count. Lashley unloads some ground and pound, then looks to apply The Hurt Lock but Braun fights it. Lashley looks to hit a suplex but Strowman lands on his feet and hits a clothesline. Braun hits a splash in the corner and the running powerslam for a near-fall. Braun wants to hit it again but Lashley breaks free and hits a one-handed spinebuster, then hits the ropes a few times and connects with a Spear for the win!
After the match Lashley waits for Strowman to get up and hits another Spear, then applies The Hurt Lock until Braun passes out. Miz runs into the ring and tries to hit Lashley with the title but Lashley lifts him for a spinebuster. Lashley then hits Miz with a Spear and poses with MVP. Next week Miz will defend the WWE Championship against Lashley.
That’s it for this week’s RAW. Let us know what you thought of the show and we’ll see you back here tomorrow for more wrasslin’ news. Until then, stay safe!