It’s Monday night and you know what that means: a brand new episode of WWE RAW for March 22nd, and Ringside News has you covered with live play-by-play results coverage.
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Tonight’s RAW will feature all the fallout from last night’s Fastlane as we head straight towards WrestleMania next week! Last night Drew McIntyre bested Sheamus in a No Holds Barred match, and now McIntyre sets his sights firmly on the WWE Champion, the All Mighty Bobby Lashley.
Of course, tonight is going to be a massive episode of RAW because we also have the debut of the Nightmare Rhea Ripley – who could immediately slot into the title picture against Asuka. Much like the Empress, Riddle is in new of a new challenger for the United States Championship. Shane McMahon completely avoided Braun Strowman last night but that feud is far from over. Retribution are no more and where does that leave the gorup? And The Fiend has returned with a brutal new look.
So yeah, WWE has a lot of ground to cover and a lot of storylines to start building. We want to hear your thoughts below, and remember to hit the refresh button to stay up to date. Enjoy the show!
This week’s RAW opens with the WWE Champion, the All Mighty Bobby Lashley coming to the ring for a huge match!
Bobby Lashley W/MVP Vs. Sheamus
The match gets underway and Lashley takes Sheamus down to the mat with a front facelock. Sheamus forces Bobby to the corner and the referee breaks them apart. They lock-up again and Sheamus takes the wrist and grinds the Champion down. Sheamus kicks Lashley and hits the ropes but Bobby leap frogs him, only for Sheamus to drop him. Sheamus beats Lashley in the corner but the All Mighty comes right back with a snap suplex. Lashley applies a rear chinlock but Sheamus quickly fights up.
Lashley catches Sheamus with a neckbreaker for a one-count, then goes to a headlock. Sheamus elbows himself free but Lashley drills him with a knee and some right hands, then tosses Sheamus over the ropes to the apron where the Celtic Warrior snaps his neck down on the top rope. Sheamus grabs Lashley for the Beats of the Bodhran and now we see Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander come to ringside. Cedric gets on the apron to distract the referee and Lashley looks confused, then Shelton drops Sheamus on the floor.
Back live and Lashley has Sheamus down in a submission in the middle of the ring. Sheamus breaks away, only to get caught with a powerslam for a two-count. Cedric Alexander gets on the apron again and this time Lashley tells him to get down and leave him alone, then Sheamus rolls him up for two. Sheamus then side-steps Lashley and he goes shoulder-first into the ring post. Sheamus gets Lashley on the apron and batters him with the Beats of the Bodhran and the Champion falls to the floor.
Sheamus goes up top and dives onto Lashley with a flying clothesline, then gets him back in the ring and hits another for a near-fall. Sheamus tries to lift Lashley but the Champion slides down and drills some forearms into Sheamus’ back. Sheamus counters a suplex and hits a big knee to the face for a near-fall. Sheamus looks for the Brogue Kick but Lashley avoids it. Sheamus elbos Lashley, then Cedric distracts Sheamus, allowing Lashley to hit a spinebuster. Lashley applies The Hurt Lock and Sheamus taps.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
After the match Lashley is celebrating when Alexander and Shelton drag Sheamus out of the ring and beat him down. Lashley doesn’t look amused but doesn’t stop it either, so out comes Drew McIntyre and he slams Benjamin into the barricade, then tosses Cedric over it. McIntyre gets in the ring and into Lashley’s face but MVP stays between them to keep it from getting physical. McIntyre puts his hands behind his back and begs Lashley to hit him but MVP gets his man out of the ring.
Shelton and Alexander are walking backstage when Lashley confronts them and asks them why they stuck their nose in his business. They say they’re all a team and Lashley says he doesn’t need or want their help. MVP explains that they made it look like Bobby couldn’t beat Sheamus by himself. It was embarassing. Just like it was embarassing when they lost the RAW Tag Team Championships. They’re embarassing The Hurt Business.
We see a video package of the Randy Orton/Alexa Bliss/Fiend feud, going back to the inferno match and all the way up to last night where The Fiend returned with a terrifying new look. Later tonight Orton will “summon” The Fiend.
The RAW Women’s Champion, Asuka, makes her way to the ring. She’ll be in action after the break.
Asuka Vs. Peyton Royce
The match begins and they lock-up and struggle for control. Peyton shoots Asuka into the corner but the Empress leaps over her and dances. Asuka then catches Royce with a shoulder tackle. Royce swings for a clothesline but nobody’s home, then hits a sunset flip and looks for a submission but Asuka gets to the ropes. Asuka catches Royce with an armbar but Peyton quickly gets free and applies a unique float-over ankle lock. Asuka kicks herself free and Royce rolls to the corner.
Asuka runs but Royce slams her face-first into the middle turnbuckle, then hits a float-over suplex for a two-count. Asuka punches Royce from the mat as Peyton yells at her that she doesn’t deserve to be Champion. Royce goes to the apron and ducks Asuka, then slides back into the ring. Asuka tosses her back out to the apron and hits a spinning backfist. Asuka looks for the running hip attack but Royce avoids it and Asuka hangs in the ropes, so Peyton kicks her, then yanks her off the ropes to the floor and Asuka lands awkwardly.
We return to find both women down in the ring. They get up at the same time and Asuka hits Royce with a pop-up knee, then a hip attack in the corner. Royce swings a kick but Asuka grabs it, then hits a German suplex followed by a running knee for a near-fall. Asuka goes up top and jumps for a crossbody but nobody’s home. Royce and Asuka trade reversals back and forth and Royce catches a spinning backfist to hit a modified Gory Bomb and scores a near-fall. Royce can’t believe it. She lifts Asuka but gets grabbed in the Asuka Lock.
Royce rolls her up for a near-fall, then Asuka hits a Codebreaker for a near-fall. Asuka backs Royce into the corner, then lifts her onto the top rope. Asuka looks for a superplex but Peyton fights her off, then hits a double stomp to the back for a near-fall. Asuka drops Peyton and applies an armbar but Peyton is able to grab her hands and roll over, only for Asuka to transition to the Asuka Lock and Royce taps.
As soon as the bell rings and Asuka is handed her title, the Nightmare Rhea Ripley’s music hits and she stomps her way to the ring! Rhea grabs a microphone and smiles at Asuka. Ripley says Asuka is one of the greatest Champions in WWE history, she proved herself. And last she checked Charlotte Flair was out here challenging Asuka to a WrestleMania match while Asuka had no teeth. But now Charlotte is gone, “recovering from Covid”. So Ripley extends the challenge for a WrestleMania match for the RAW Women’s Championship. Asuka snatches the microphone and speaks in Japanese. She says Ripley isn’t ready for her…but she accepts.
Drew McIntyre is backstage and Adam Pearce approaches him backstage and says his match last night was great. McIntyre says him and Sheamus beat each other hard last night, the kind of beating that, if they gave it to half the roster they’d turn to dust. Pearce agrees and tells Drew that Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin want to face him in a handicap match tonight. McIntyre says it wouldn’t be very sensible for him to accept this close to WrestleMania, however he’ll do just that if Pearce can agree that if he wins, Shelton and Cedric are banned from ringside at WrestleMania. Pearce agrees.
It’s time for the latest episode of Miz TV. Standing in the ring, Miz says he’s had a horrible few months and the last thing he needed was to be laughed at by Bad Bunny. To his credit, Bunny is a Grammy award winner with many platinum hits, he’s super famous, but who does he think he is? Miz says Bunny has shown zero respect to him, then lists his and Morrison’s accomplishments. Miz then shows the WrestleMania poster and neither of them are on it. Morrison points out that they have over thirty years experience combined and more titles than many legends, yet Bad Bunny is on the poster.
Well last week Bunny caught Miz’s attention and he’s going to regret that. We see a replay of last week when Miz hit Elias’ guitar across Bunny’s back. Miz says that should be a lesson to any singers, actors, or sports stars who whink they can do what he does. Morrison says he’s certain Bad Bunny has ran back to whatever hole he hopped out of. Miz says we need not worry, because they’re also muscial geniuses and they have a new song to celebrate called “Hey Hey Hop Hop”. Miz says this is the last we’ll hear of Bad Bunny because his career will be over quicker than Vanilla Ice’s. Miz challenges Bunny to a match at WrestleMania and says he will end his career. For a preview of WrestleMania, just watch what he does next.
Before the match begins Jeff Hardy gets on the microphone and says he’s seen how Miz’s match go; he always needs John Morrison to interfere. So if he’s a real man he’ll face Jeff one-on-one. Miz takes the bait and tells Morrison to leave him.
The Miz Vs. Jeff Hardy
The match begins and Miz knees Jeff in the gut, then puts him in the corner. Jeff turns the tables and slams Miz into the buckles in each corner. Jeff catches Miz with a jawbreaker but Miz hangs Jeff on the middle rope and chokes him before hitting a running knee to the back. Miz kicks Jeff in the face and covers for two. Miz applies a rear chinlock but Hardy quickly fights up and backs Miz into the corner.
Jeff hits a flying forearm, atomic drop, leg-drop, dropkick and a splash for a near-fall. Miz whips Jeff into the corner but Hardy kicks him away, then goes to the middle rope for a splash and a two-count. Hardy looks for a Twist of Fate but Miz counters and shoves Jeff shoulder-first into the ring post. Miz then grabs Jeff and hits the Skull Crushing Finale for the win.
Winner: The Miz
After the match The MIz is being arrogant and yelling about his achievements, when Bad Bunny smashes a guitar across his back! Bunny heads up the ramp and Miz is furious. Bunny gets on the microphone and says “I accept your challenge, bitch.”
AJ Styles and omos come to the ring. Styles says at WrestleMania Omos will be making his debut and it will be awesome. And not only that, but he’ll be winning the RAW Tag Team Championships in his debut. And it gets even better, because he’ll be teaming with one of the all-time greats. Styles says he can’t wait to see what Omos does to Woods and Kingston, he reckons Omos will literally put them through the ring. Styles admits The New Day are great but with his ability and omos’ size, they can’t lose.
Woods and Kingston come out and Kofi is incredulous at the idea of them being beaten. Kofi asks Woods rhetorically if two men have to become a team before winning the Tag Titles, yet AJ and Omos are not a team. They make fun of AJ’s height and say he hides behind Omos. Woods says Styles will drag Omos down and cost him matches. Kingston says Styles doesn’t even know Omos and asks him questions about his personality and AJ doesn’t know any answers. Styles says none of that matters and starts chanting “AJ Rocks” like New Day Rocks.
AJ Styles W/Omos Vs. Kofi Kingston W/Xavier Woods
The match gets underway and AJ swings a kick but Kofi catches it and takes him down with a side headlock. Styles fights up and shoots Kofi off but Kingston connects with a shoulder tackle, then takes him right back down with the headlock. AJ fights up and manages to turn the tables to get a headlock of his own. Kofi shoots him off and Styles lands a shoulder tackle, but Kingston then leap-frogs him and hits a leaping back elbow for a one-count.
Kingtson backs AJ into the corner and cracks him with back elbows and forearms, then Styles fires back and drops Kofi. AJ tosses Kofi from the ring and looks to jumo on him but Kofi slides back inside to avoid it, then drops AJ on the apron. Kingston hits AJ with a monkey flip out of the corner for a two-count. Kingston applies a unique roll-up attempt for two, then dropkicks AJ out of the ring at Omos’ feet. Styles drags Kofi outside and they trade shots on the floor. Styles whips Kofi into the steel steps and Woods rushes around but Omos steps in his way.
Back live and Kofi is chopping Styles against the ropes, then whips him across the ring but AJ fires back with an elbow. Kingston fights out of a headlock and rallies with flying axe handles and a Boom Drop. Kofi psyches himself up for Trouble In Paradise but AJ jumps and kicks him in mid-air! Styles runs at Kofi in the corner and looks to splash him but Kofi spins under the middle rope and kicks AJ. Kofi scales the ropes but AJ punches him and climbs up alongside, looking for a superplex but Kofi knocks him off.
Kofi then hits a splash to AJ’s back for a near-fall. Styles catches Kofi in the Calf Crusher but Kingston reaches the bottom rope. Aj lifts Kofi up but Kingston slides off the back for a roll-up and scores a two count. Styles then lands a quick dropkick to the knee and moves to the apron. AJ jumps for the Phenomenal Forearm but Xavier pulls his leg on the apron and AJ sic’s Omos on him. AJ eventually jumps but Kofi catches him and hits S.O.S for the win!
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Sheamus is stopped backstage for an interview and asked why he would face Bobby Lashley after enduring a war last night. Sheamus says because that’s who he is, a fighter. He doesn’t care the circumstances. He’s asked about Drew McIntyre helping him out tonight and Sheamus says it was out of respect but he didn’t ask for the help. Sheamus says McIntyre can’t help but stick his big ego in everybody’s business.
Riddle appears on his scooter and does circles around Sheamus, asking random questions about Ireland. Sheamus stops him and asks about the scooter and Riddle starts ranting about how great it is. Sheamus takes the scooter and pretends to appreciate it, then smashes the handle into Riddle’s gut. Sheamus walks off and Riddle can barely breathe but shouts “was it something I said bro?”
2-On-1 Handicap Match
The Hurt Business Vs. Drew McIntyre
Shelton starts the match against McIntyre and tosses his shirt at him, which Drew uses to wipe his arse. Drew forces Shelton into the corner and chops his chest, then lands a back elbow and hits a nice deadlift suplex. Alexander rushes in but McIntyre catches him with a huge back body drop. Shelton grabs Drew from behind holds him in the middle of the ring but McIntyre evntually breaks the lock and clotheslines him down. Drew stomps on Shelton’s hand, then whips him into the corner.
McIntyre knocks Benjamin out of the ring and the refere prevents Alexander from interfering. Drew slams Shelton into the barricade, then lifts and drops him on it. Drew gets Benjamin back in the ring and hits him with a big right hand. Shelton takes a headlock and Alexander blind tags in to hit a chopblock to Drew. Shelton hits Drew with a knee to the back and sends him out of the ring, then Cedric hits a suicide dive. Cedric tags Shelton and then toss McIntyre inot the barricade.
We return to see Shelton tag in as Cedric dropkicks the knee, then Shelton cracks Drew with a running knee. Shelton tags Alexander and they hit a toss into a knee for a two-count. The Hurt Business make use of quick tags to keep McIntyre grounded. Benjamin smashes Drew with punch after punch on the mat before moving to a sleeper. McIntyre forces Benjamin back to the buckles and both men are on their knees trading attacks.
They fight up and McIntyre catches a kick but Shelton counters with a dragon whip. Drew gets fired-up as Alexander tags in and clotheslines him out of his socks. McIntyre lands another lariat and a belly-to-belly, then hits Shelton with a Future Shock DDT before catching Cedric with a flying neckbreaker. Drew catches Shelton with a Claymore, then Alexander as well and that’s all she wrote.
WINNER: dREW MCINTYRE
Still to come, Elias battles Braun Strowman again, and Randy Orton will summon The Fiend.
Backstage MVP is dressing down Shelton and Cedric for losing. He’s amazed about the night they’ve had. Lashley walks up and shoves them, saying he’s going to find people who can do their jobs. Lashley walks into the locker room where Ricochet, Drew Gulak, Akira Tozawa, Lince Dorado, and a few others are sitting and tells them he will pay whoever is able to take out McIntyre before WrestleMania.
Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke Vs. Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax W/Reginald
Lana and Naomi are on commentary for this one. The match begins with Baszler and Mandy, and Rose rushes Shayna in the corner as she’s preoccupied with Reggie. Mandy beats Baszler in the corner and tags Dana, who scoop slams Baszler. Shayna hits an incredible backbreaker to Brooke. Dana rolls-up Shayna, who kicks her off and into Nia, who is flirting with Reginald. Jax tags herself in and comes in hot against Dana.
On the outside Reginald gets in an argument with Mandy, so he comes into the ring and does a flip and Nia is amazed. Mandy tags in and drops Jax, then knocks Baszler off the apron and hits Jax with a big knee for a near-fall. Mandy tags out and Baszler pulls her off the apron. Brooke goes up top but Reggie gets on the apron to cause a distraction and Rose runs after him, only for Baszler to drop her. Meanwhile in the ring, Jax hits Dana with a Samoan Drop for the win.
Winners: Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax
Alexa Bliss is in her playground. Bliss says she knows Randy wanted her out of his life but she’s still here. And so is he. You can’t always get what you want, but tonight Randy should be careful what he wishes for. The Fiend says “let me in” through Alexa.
Shane McMahon, Elias, and Jaxson Ryker are in the ring, ready for a performance and we see a replay of last night. Shane says a lot of people are upset about what happened last night at Fastlane, but no-one more so than him. If he hadn’t injured his knee he would have wiped the floor with Braun, and when his knee is healed he will do just that. Shane says Elias couldn’t get the job done and Elias attempts to make an excuse but Shane cuts him off and tells him never to interrupt him. Shane says they’ve written a song together called ‘Braun Is Stupid’ and Shane sings it with Elias.
Strowman comes out after the song and says he doesn’t care if Shane has a peg-leg, his ass-whooping is coming regardless. Braun then says he has a little song for Elias, it’s called ‘The Man Who Got These Hands’. Braun takes on Elias, next!
Braun Strowman Vs. Elias W/Jaxson Ryker & Shane McMahon
The match begins and Braun rushes Elias back into the corner and clubs him. Elias stumbles away but Braun chases right after and slams him into the buckles. Braun clubs the chest of Elias, then stands on him and stares at Shane. Braun chokes Elias over the middle rope and shouts at Shane, then dumps Elias out of the ring and Shane hobbles around the corner. Strowman kicks Elias and sends him back into the ring and takes a moment to stare at Shane, which allows Elias to kick him as he comes back inside.
Elias beats on Braun, then hits the ropes but Strowman clocks him with a dropkick. Strowman knocks Elias from the ring, then hits Ryker off the apron and goes out. Strowman runs around the ring and shoulder tackles Elias and Ryker as train sounds play, and I’m not kidding. Braun gets Elias back inside and hits a running powerslam for the win.
Winner: Braun Strowman
After the match Shane slides in and hits Braun across the back with his crutch. Braun doesn’t budge and Shane stares at the bent crutch. Shane sprints out of the ring and up the ramp. Braun grabs a microphone and says he’s had enough of the games. He’s going to end this and he asks Shane if he’s man enough to face him one-on-one at WrestleMania. Shane accepts and says Braun can choose the stipulation. He’s going to win no matter what, because Braun is stupid.
The Viper, Randy Orton comes to the ring with a black bag in his hand. Orton says it seems like only yesterday when he watched The Fiend burn. But apparently he didn’t do the job because he could smell the rotting flesh, and then there he was. He isn’t sure what he saw but it was an abomination. So tonight he brings this all to an end. There will be no more Alexa Bliss, there will be no more Fiend. “Tonight, the bullshit comes to an end.”
Alexa Bliss comes out with a jack-in-the-box in her hands. Bliss says she told him to be careful what he wishes for. She winds the jack-in-the-box and a little Fiend pops-out, then the lights start going down. Flames erupt from the ring posts and The Fiend is standing behind Orton in the ring. Randy turns around and is shocked but neither of them move. Orton grabs his black bag, which contains a petrol cannister. Orton approaches The Fiend and starts throwing petrol over him and Bray doesn’t move.
Orton douses The Fiend, then looks to light a match but The Fiend charges and Randy hits an RKO. Alexa Bliss then gets in the ring and Orton stares her down. The Fiend rises and grabs Randy with the Mandible Claw. The Fiend hits Sister Abigail and Alexa skips around the ring. Bliss points at the WrestleMania sign and flames erupt all around it.
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