WWE Champion Big E vs. Bobby Lashley ended in a no contest
The action was intense as Big E defended the WWE Championship against Bobby Lashley to kick off Raw. As both men dished out punishment, things changed in a hurry when The All Mighty’s former Hurt Business cohorts, Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander, made their presence felt.
When E’s brothers in The New Day followed suit to even the odds, a chaotic brawl ensued involving all six men, causing the match to end. Adam Pearce soon hit the scene to make yet another WWE Title showdown between Big E and Lashley for later in the night, this time inside a Steel Cage.
Angel Garza def. Erik
Looking to continue building new-found momentum on Raw, Angel Garza went toe-to-toe with Erik of The Viking Raiders in a hard-hitting bout. With cousin Humberto Carrillo in his corner causing the distraction, Garza got the job done courtesy of a Wing Clipper to earn the victory.
24/7 Champion Reggie vs. Ricochet ended in a no contest
With the 24/7 Title rules suspended for this contest, the mob of R-Truth, Drake Maverick and Drew Gulak were all keeping a very close eye on it. Reggie and Ricochet dazzled one another and the WWE Universe with some jaw-dropping maneuvers until the other hungry challengers couldn’t take it anymore and stormed the ring. Akira Tozawa joined the fray to try and finally accomplish the master plan, but the acrobatic 24/7 Champion and Ricochet were able to fend them all off.
Keith “Bearcat” Lee def. Akira Tozawa
Still fuming from failing to capture Reggie once more, Akira Tozawa demanded some competition and got it in the form of Keith “Bearcat” Lee. The massive Lee looked impressive in his return to Raw, capping off a dominant victory by hitting Tozawa with a thunderous Big Bang Catastrophe.
United States Champion Damian Priest def. Sheamus in a No Disqualifications, No Count-outs Match
The only way to win this United States Championship battle was by pinfall or submission, so this was an absolute slugfest between Damian Priest and Sheamus. At the end of an incredibly hard-hitting affair complete with Kendo sticks and broken tables, The Archer of Infamy sealed the deal by delivering a big Reckoning to The Celtic Warrior and remaining United States Champion.
Jinder Mahal, Veer & Shanky def. Jeff Hardy, Mansoor & Mustafa Ali
Jeff Hardy was excited to team up with Mansoor & Mustafa Ali in this Six-Man Tag Team contest, but the trio of Jinder Mahal, Veer & Shanky were just as eager to squash that excitement. After Mansoor went aerial to assist Hardy against Shanky on the outside, Veer capitalized by nailing Ali with an incredible wind-up lariat to pick up the victory for his team.
Karrion Kross def. Jaxson Ryker
Moments after vowing to haunt his opponents’ every waking moment, Karrion Kross stepped into the ring to dish out the punishment against Jaxson Ryker. Kross proved to be too much for Ryker, overpowering him and locking him in the dreaded Kross Jacket submission for another impressive win.
AJ Styles def. Raw Tag Team Champion Riddle
Raw Tag Team Champion Riddle didn’t have partner Randy Orton by his side for this one, so it was an uphill climb as he took on “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles. With his own personal colossus Omos in tow, The Phenomenal One came away with the victory over Riddle courtesy of a devastating Styles Clash.
Following the match, Omos made sure to leave a lasting impression on the battle by dropping The Original Bro with an absolutely monstrous Chokeslam.
Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair def. Doudrop
Having defeated Eva Marie multiple times, Doudrop took her next big step into the spotlight by answering Charlotte Flair’s open challenge for the Raw Women’s Championship. Doudrop put forth a commendable effort until the aforementioned Marie arrived on the scene, proving to be enough of a distraction for The Queen to capitalize and overcome her opponent with Natural Selection to retain her title.
After the bout, Marie continued to berate Doudrop and got a clothesline for her troubles from Flair as well. The disrespect sent Eva into a tirade against the entire Women’s division, prompting the appearance of a vicious Shayna Baszler. The Queen of Spades was in no mood and ruined Eva’s night even more by brutally stomping her arm against the steel stairs just like she did to Nia Jax.
WWE Champion Big E def. Bobby Lashley in a Steel Cage Match
With no members of The New Day or former members of The Hurt Business able to interfere, Big E and Bobby Lashley finally settled their score over the WWE Championship within the confines of a Steel Cage. The bout proved to be an absolute war, from The All Mighty jumping the WWE Champion with a brutal attack before the bell, to Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods hitting the ring to fend off Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin. The end came when Big E hit Lashley with a huge Big Ending off the second rope to triumph and remain WWE Champion.
As The New Day celebrated in the ring together, former WWE Champion Drew McIntyre burst onto the scene and, with the help of his trusty sword, Angela, seemed to set his sights on Big E.