WWE Big E Champion vs. Bobby Lashley Ends Without Contest
The action was intense as Big E defended the WWE championship against Bobby Lashley to start Raw. As both men passed the punishment, things in a hurry changed when former Hurt Business employees Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander announced their presence.
When the brothers E. in “New Day” followed suit to level the playing field, a chaotic brawl ensued with the participation of all six men, with the result that the match ended. Soon after, Adam Pierce took the stage to stage another WWE title fight between Big E and Lashley later that night, this time in the Steel Cage.
Angel Garza def. Eric
Seeking to continue to gain traction on Raw, Angel Garza battled head-to-head with The Viking Raiders’ Eric in a tough fight. With Umberto Carrillo’s cousin in his corner distracting the attention, Garza, thanks to the Wing Clipper, did his job and prevailed.
24/7 Champion Reggie vs. Ricochet Ends Without Contest
Since the 24/7 Title rules were suspended for this competition, the R-Truth crowd, Drake Maverick and Drew Gulak followed it very closely. Reggie and Ricochet dazzled each other and the WWE universe with some stunning maneuvers, until the other hungry challengers could no longer endure and stormed the ring. Akira Tozawa joined the fight to try and finally fulfill the master plan, but the 24/7 acrobatic champion and Ricochet were able to fend off them all.
Keith “Bearcat” Lee defended. Akira Tozawa
Still pissed at not catching Reggie again, Akira Tozawa demanded some competition and got it in the form of Keith “Bearcat” Lee. Massive Lee looked impressive on his return to Raw, completing a dominant victory by hitting Tozawa with a thunderous Big Bang Catastrophe.
US Champion Damian Priest def. Sheamus in a match without disqualification and no countdown
The only way to win this battle for the US title was with punches or submission, so it was a real fight between Damian Priest and Shamus. At the end of an incredibly tough fight with kendo sticks and broken tables, the Archer of Infamy sealed the deal, delivering great retribution to the Celtic warrior and remaining the champion of the United States.
Ginder Mahal, Vir and Shenki def. Jeff Hardy, Mansour and Mustafa Ali
Jeff Hardy was thrilled to be teaming up with Mansour and Mustafa Ali in this six-man team competition, but the trio of Jinder Mahal, Veer and Schenki were also keen to quell that excitement. After Mansour took to the air to help Hardy against Schenki on the outside, Veer capitalized on Ali’s incredible finishing lariat to win for his team.
Carrion Cross def. Jackson Riker
Moments after promising to pursue his opponents every waking minute, Carrion Cross stepped into the ring to punish Jackson Riker. Cross proved too strong for Riker, overpowered him and locked him in the scary Kross Jacket submission for another impressive victory.
AJ Styles def. Raw Tag Champion Riddle
Raw Tag Team Champion Riddle didn’t have team mate Randy Orton on his side for this, so it was a tough climb when he took on the “Phenomenal” AJ Styles. With his personal colossus Omos in tow, the Phenomenal defeated Riddle in a devastating battle of styles.
After the match, Omos left a lasting impression in the battle, dropping The Original Bro with the utterly monstrous Chokslam.
Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair, def. Doudrop
By defeating Eva Marie several times, Doodrop took the next big step in the spotlight by answering Charlotte Flair’s open challenge to the Women’s Raw Championship. Doodrop made a commendable effort until the aforementioned Marie arrived on stage, which proved to be enough of a distraction for the Queen to capitalize on and defeat her opponent with Natural Selection in order to retain her title.
After the fight, Marie continued to scold Doudrop and also received a clothesline from Flair. The disrespect sparked a tirade in Eve against the entire women’s division, leading to the emergence of the vicious Shyna Bazler. The Queen of Spades was not in the mood and further ruined Eve’s night by stamping her hand brutally on the steel staircase, as she did to Nia Jax.
WWE Champion Big E def. Bobby Lashley in a steel cage match
Since none of The New Day members or former The Hurt Business members could intervene, Big E and Bobby Lashley finally settled their scores for the WWE Championship within the Steel Cage. The duel turned out to be an absolute war, from Almighty jumping on the WWE champion with a brutal attack before the call, to Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods hitting the ring to fend off Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin. The end came when Big E hit Lashley with a huge Big Ending on the second pitch to win and remain WWE champion.
As New Day was celebrated together in the ring, former WWE champion Drew McIntyre burst onto the stage and, using his trusty sword, Angela seemed to target Big E.