Monday Night Raw!
Monday Night Mikessiah
Mike “Not Horace” Hogan.
Our official preview left us wanting for more, as it only reiterated the announced WWE Championship match between Orton & Lashley, which was announced last week. With the title match being bumped from Extreme Rules to tonight’s program, we should probably expect something extreme, especially in light of Big E’s threats on social media this afternoon, promising to cash in his Money in the Bank contract? Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair will be in action against Shayna Baszler; Natalya takes on Rhea Ripley; and Jeff Hardy has answered Damian Priest’s open challenge for the United States Championship!
We’re about to find out next on Raw! So with all that said, let’s get things started! For those of you who want just the results and not the novella, click here!
WWE Monday Night Raw Live Results (September 13, 2021): TD Garden, Boston, MA
Welcome to Monday Night Raw!
Jimmy Smith, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton welcome us to a boisterous TD Garden arena. We get a quick run-down of our WWE Championship match when Lashley defends against Orton, who’s looking for his historic 15th world championship title.
In the Ring Confrontation: WWE Champion Bobby Lashley w/ MVP, “Mr. Money in the Bank” Big E, and Raw Tag Team Champions RK-Bro
Big E comes out to a great pop and high fives and embraces some fans in the front row before posing on the announcer’s table, playing to the crowd. His partying is interrupted by the familiar tones of Orton’s theme as the Raw Tag Team Champions, RK-Bro, make their way out. Lashley and MVP are out next wearing some very sharp suits. I so want Lashley’s pocket square. RK Bro remain in the ring with Big E as Lashley and MVP enter the ring. Everyone’s got mics. Big E tells everyone that, so there’s no confusion, Big E will cash in his contract tonight. Riddle implores Big E not to cash the contract on his friend Randy Orton. MVP yells for Riddle to shut up, and states that Big E can’t cash it in on Orton because Lashley will retain.
MVP continues that, like everyone, he likes laughing as Big E “shakes (his) behind” and does his little dance. MVP goes on to point out that he and Lashley won the tag team turmoil last week, and were due a Raw Tag Team title shot. MVP then points out that Orton had their match moved up from Extreme Rules to tonight. Orton speaks, telling them that it’s been fourteen long years since he last fought Lashley. So he didn’t see a point in waiting fourteen more days. Orton tells them that there was no politicking involved. “I went to who I’m supposed to, I told them what I want” and he got it because he’s Randy Orton. Big pop and chant from the crowd. MVP addresses the crowd, asking if they forgot about the “clown prince” with the briefcase. “I want to tell you, Big E, of the clowns you hang out with (in the) New Day…I always believed that you had the most potential. And when you went over to SmackDown, I thought you would establish yourself as a singles competitor and level up. And you did that! You’re Mister Money in the Banks! But then you fled SmackDown to Raw…maybe you’re scared to cash it in on Roman Reigns?” MVP continues, informing Big E that he will lose. Orton tells Lashley & MVP to focus on him as “the fight’s over here” and it only takes one RKO to take the champion out. Orton assures Lashley that is exactly what will happen.
Big E speaks. “Oh! Then I can cash it in on you and become the new WWE Champion!” Lashley snaps and gets on the mic, telling Orton that he’s looking forward to beating up Orton all over the ring and “(I’m going to) pummel your weak body in the ring.” He then addresses Big E: “if you even come close to me with that contract I will shove it so far up your ass you’ll be able to taste the fine print!” The crowd pops at the confrontation, and a Randy chant breaks out as Big E hoists the case up in front of Lashley, taunting him. Lashley slaps it aside and gets in Big E’s face–and promptly eats an RKO from outta nowhere! Orton leaves up the ramp, fired up and ready to rock. In the ring, Lashley looks stunned. We’re told Flair will be out next, and head to a commercial break.
Last Week on Raw: Women’s Championship Match
We get clips from last week, when Shayna Baszler got in her own partner’s head by questioning on mic if Jax could do it, or if she’d choke. Jax put up a good fight but Flair put her away to retain.
Backstage Interview: Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair
Flair is asked about her match against Baszler. Flair states that Baszler is dragged down by dead weight, and she’s going to teach Baszler a lesson in humility. She tells us that the ring is her throne and her reign will last forever, ending us with “Long live the Queen!”
Championship Contender’s Match: Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair vs Shayna Baszler
Flair heads out of the gorilla position and makes her way to the ring. We’re informed that this is a championship contender’s match. The crowd with a solid reaction both for and against Flair. We’re reminded that Flair will defend her title at Extreme Rules against Alexa Bliss. Baszler makes her way out, and during her entrance we’re shown a clip from earlier today. Nia Jax and Baszler discuss the comments made last week, and Jax tells Baszler they just need to get on the same page. You know what that means. The bell rings and both women circle; Flair confidently and cocky, Baszler eager and grinning. Graves tells us Shayna lives for the fight. Both women lock up. Flair with a knee to the gut. Flair looks for the whip but Baszler counters, sending Flair into the corner. Flair flips over the ring post like her father. Baszler counters an attack and sends Flair outside the ring. Baszler looks for a baseball slide attack but Flair counters and we head to break with the challenger down on the ringside floor.
Back from the break. Graves informs us that Flair has dominated throughout the commercial. Flair climbs the turnbuckles rear and Baszler kicks the leg out, crashing the Queen into the canvas. Baszler charges Charlotte in the corner, looking for a knee strike. Flair dodges; Baszler’s knee hits the turnbuckle; Flair rolls her up for a close two. Baszler with an impressive, speedy switch from pin position to an attempted Kirifuda Clutch! Flair escapes and both women go back and forth until Baszler hits a huge German Suplex, dumping the Queen on the back of her neck. Flair to her knees, telling Baszler to bring it. Baszler with repeated kicks but Flair still makes her way to her feet. Flair drops Baszler with a clothesline and unleashes a flurry of Flair Chops. Baszler with a counter whip; Charlotte with an awkward back elbow strike to Baszler’s face, followed by a pin attempt. Flair grins maniacally as she pulls Baszler up. Flair looks for a Scoop Suplex but Baszler escapes. Flair attempts a charge but Baszler gets a foot up. Flair takes Baszler’s face back to the turnbuckle. Baszler rolls outside. Flair climbs the turnbuckles, firing up the crowd who rise to their feet and cheer for their Queen as she hits the Moonsault off the top turnbuckle to Baszler outside! Nia Jax makes her way down the ramp, distracting Flair. Baszler uses the distraction to send Flair into the steel steps. We head to break with the champ down.
Back from the break. Flair and Baszler continue to go back and forth, exchanging control for brief spurts. Flair rolls outside the ring and woo’s in Jax’s face. Smith & Graves question the wisdom behind this. Baszler with a running knee in the corner and the Champ is left reeling. Jax hops up on the apron, distracting Baszler and opening her up for a Big Boot. Flair quickly rolls Baszler up for the win.
Your Winner, Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair!
In the Ring: Charlotte Flair and Alexa Bliss w/ Lily (the doll)
Bliss comes out bearing a wrapped gift and Lily. Bliss sets Lily up in the corner. “Hey Charlotte, I know you’re busy being Queen and everything. But Lily and I wanted to bring you a gift saying thank you for (accepting our challenge) at Extreme Rules.” Flair tells Bliss that she doesn’t collect dolls, she collects championships. She tells Bliss that at some point you have to leave the dolls at home. Bliss tells Charlotte to relax and put her hair down–which Flair responds it is–and tells her she should take the gift. The crowd hotly encourages Flair to take it. Flair states no to boos, and Bliss says “yes” to loud cheers. This goes back and forth briefly. Finally Flair accepts the gift. “Well, it’s not ticking so we’re good there.” She starts to open the box, and the hot crowd chants “open it!” Flair opens it and inside is a Charlotte Flair Lily doll (now for sale in the WWE Store). “Her name is Charlie, and you look exactly like her!”
The crowd starts a “Charlie” chant. Bliss tells Flair that “we wanted to give you something to play with after I take your title at Extreme Rules, but I know how you are. I heard what you said earlier, ‘I don’t need friends because I’m the Queen.’ But everyone deserves a friend, even a narcissistic, self-absorbed bitch like you!” The crowd loves that. Flair tells Bliss she’s crazy if she thinks she’s taking Flair’s Raw championship, and even crazier if Bliss thinks Flair wants the doll. She then offers to have Mattel send Bliss a Charlotte Flair action figure to the padded cell she’ll end up in. Flair ends it with “long live the queen” before throwing Charlie in Bliss’ face. Bliss is livid and attacks Flair, battling her out of the ring. Flair slides in for more and Bliss hits a beautiful snap sunset flip powerbomb. Bliss takes Flair’s title and holds it up to a good cheer from the crowd here in Boston.
Six-Man Tag Team Match: Drew McIntyre & the Viking Raiders vs Jinder Mahal, Veer & Shanky
Jimmy Smith is very excited about Drew McIntyre’s big sword, and especially as McIntyre knows how to use it. We’re informed this giant-filled six-man tag match is next. After a break, we return to find Jinder Mahal, Veer and Shanky beating McIntyre down until the Viking Raiders can hit the ring to make the save. We start with Erik and Veer. Veer with an early lead, taking Erik into the corner. Mahal tags in and strikes McIntyre on the apron, then hits a scoop slam on Erik. Veer comes back in and looks for two standing leaping attacks, missing on both. McIntyre takes out Mahal and Shanky at ringside. The ref loses control as all six clash. Drew with a huge Spinebuster on Mahal in the ring, but misses a blind tag to Shanky. Shanky fails to capitalize on it, and McIntyre drives Shanky into the mat with a Michinoku Driver! McIntyre counts down the crowd, connects with the Claymore, and picks up the win.
Your Winners, Drew McIntyre & the Viking Raiders
Backstage: the New Day Reunites
Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston greet Big E backstage, cheering on their friend and encouraging him to win the title and come join them on Raw. A cheap pop as they remind the crowd that this is Big E’s hometown. They tell him that he needs to unwind, and do a New Day chant with him.
Backstage: 24/7 Title Insanity
Backstage, Drake Maverick has a plan for R-Truth and Tozawa to win the 24/7 title back. We get a segment in which Reggie once again showcases his insane agility in avoiding the catering crowd. Afterwards, R-Truth and Tozawa tell Drake his plan failed. Drake buttons his suit jacket and tells them that the flaw wasn’t in the plan, it was in the execution. He walks off and Truth & Tozawa blame each other for being the problem.
United States Championship Match: Damian Priest(c) vs Jeff Hardy
We cut back to the ring as United States Champion Damian Priest makes his way out to a decent pop. Jeff Hardy makes his way out as we’re reminded that Damian Priest will defend his US title against Sheamus at Extreme Rules–provided he’s still champion then. Hardy gets a good reaction but winds himself a bit on his way out to the ring. We get the official introductions and our Superstars are ready to rock. Sheamus joins the commentary team for this match and once again says Damian “stole me gold.” They’re turning him into the Lucky Charms mascot more and more every week. Hardy starts off going low, looking to take the legs out from the taller Priest. Hardy picks the leg and gets on a roll, hitting his Atomic Drop/Leg Drop combo, followed up quickly with dropping elbows. Hardy sends Priest to the outside and heads to the apron. Priest with a roundhouse but Hardy leaps over it and connects with a low sweeping roundhouse that drops the champ. Hardy dives off onto Priest then sends him into the ring. The crowd with a “Let’s go Hardy” chant. Meanwhile, Sheamus takes credit for making Hardy relevant again and for making Priest a Superstar. Priest and Hardy clash on the apron and ringside. Priest lays out Hardy then gets in Sheamus’ face. The two have words as we head to break.
Back from the break. We get a colorful add for “NXT 2.0” which debuts tomorrow night live. In the ring, Hardy sits rear mounted on the top turnbuckle as Priest pummels him from behind. Priest climbs the middle ropes and looks for a back body drop off the top, but Hardy reverses in midair. Hardy with the cross body counter and a pin attempt for a close two. Hardy and Priest both up to their knees, slugging it out back and forth. They rise to their feet and continue the back-and-forth exchange until Hardy hits a Side Russian Leg-sweep followed by an inverted form of a leg drop and pin attempt for a close two. Hardy hits a Sling Blade and covers for two. Hardy takes Priest into the corner and throws a shoulder to the gut. Priest counters a whip but charges into Hardy’s boots. Hardy with a middle turnbuckle splash for two. Priest and Hardy again go at it in the middle of the ring. Priest with a big right to send Hardy against the ropes. Priest with body shots followed by a leaping roundhouse on a Hardy rope rebound, covering for a close two. Priest with a flying body scissors and another pin attempt. Hardy rolls up Priest for a close two. Hardy looks for a Twist of Fate but Priest counters it into a Reckoning! Priest hooks the leg and picks up the win.
Your Winner and STILL United States Champion, Jeff Hardy!
After the Match: Sheamus Strikes Back
Sheamus hits the ring as soon as the bell is off, attacking Priest. Hardy attempts to assist Priest but Sheamus with a Brogue kick. Priest finally counters Sheamus’ offense and hits a Brogue kick on Sheamus! Sheamus rolls up the ramp, holding his face and in shock.
Backstage: Rhea Ripley, Nikki Cross, and WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Tamina & Natalya
Ripley and Cross are talking backstage, with Cross pushing for them to have their own special celebration. Natalya and Tamina come out and talk smack. Ripley tells Natalya to get ready to hear the words “former tag team champion.” The four women then scuffle until WWE Official Sonya Deville and others separate them. Sonya makes a match on the spot between Nikki and Tamina.
Riddle rambles to Orton about which title should be warn around Orton’s waist on top of the other. He argues that the WWE Championship is an important title, so it should probably go on top. Orton puts on headphones, listening to music while Riddle babbles on. Big E walks in and Orton pops up. Big E just wanted to remind Orton and wags his case. He leaves and Orton puts the headphones back on as Riddle continues babbling on about how good a listener Big E and Orton are.
Singles Match: Nikki A.S.H. w/ Rhea Ripley vs WWE Women’s Tag Champion Tamina w/ Natalya
Nikki makes her way out first to a decent reaction. We get a plug for Connor’s Cure. After a break and the above RK-Bro segment, the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions make their way out together. Tamina holds her belt up, yelling “you want some of this?” Corey Graves says we may be moments away form Tamina breaking something–Nikki A.S.H. The bell rings and Tamina starts off aggressive, using a trio of head tosses, sending Nikki flying around the ring. Tamina takes Nikki into the corner and hammers her with gut shots. Nikki attempts to fight back but Tamina shoves Nikki back, into the ropes, and catches her with a Clothesline from Hades. Tamina takes Nikki back into the corner and nails her with a big elbow. Snapmare followed by a cover for one for Tamina. Tamina with a sleeper headlock on Nikki on the mat. Nikki wiggles as Ripley cheers her on from the ringside area. Nikki escapes and kicks Tamina repeatedly as she tries to rise. Tamina gains a vertical base and throws a huge right that clocks Nikki and lays her out. Tamina with an elbow drop.
Tamina leaps up, looking for another elbow drop but Nikki dodges it. Nikki throws a few kicks and ducks under a strike in the corner. Nikki with a headscissors takedown. Nikki roars and Rhea rallies the crowd with her. Nikki climbs the middle ropes and begins a ten-punch countdown with the crowd, pounding on Tamina’s face with every count. Tamina shuts Nikki down with a huge right hand. Tamina whips Nikki into the corner and charges into a boot. Nikki climbs the middle ropes and grabs Tamina in a Tornado DDT, picking up the win in surprising fashion.
Your Winner, Nikki A.S.H.!
Singles Match: Natalya w/ Tamina vs Rhea Ripley w/ Nikki A.S.H.
As soon as Nikki begins to celebrate, Tamina attacks her. Ripley comes in to assist her new-found friend, and Tamina teams up with Natalya to beat Rhea down before a commercial break. When we return, we find the match underway and are informed that Nikki A.S.H. is in the back, being attended to be WWE Medical officials. Natalya is firmly in control for the first few moments, even yelling out “you’re a bitch” to Ripley at one point. Rhea looks to gain some traction, using her power to break free of a submission attempt. Natalya takes Ripley into the corner and hits several rising knees to the gut. Jimmy Smith states that Natalya has to teach the “young bucks” some respect, haha. Rhea fights back, hitting an elbow to the throat. Rhea with a running Big Boot that sends Nattie out of the ring, where Tamina checks on her partner. Ripley runs around the ring and hits a running dropkick. Natalya dodges and Tamina eats the kick. Rhea lands awkwardly with her left leg catching the corner of the stairs. Natalya takes control, sending Rhea int the ring. The crowd actually begins a (albeit very light) chant for Rhea. Natalya looks for the Sharpshooter but Rhea connects with a uppercut. Natalya takes control back and hits a snap suplex on Ripley as we go to break!
Back from the break. Natalya has Ripley in an abdominal stretch. Rhea escapes and starts her comeback, using a series of short-arm pull-back clotheslines before dropping Nattie with a headbutt that left Ripley herself staggering. Ripley with a side snapmare followed by a basement dropkick. Rhea fires up and Boston starts to wake up, getting behind the former Raw, NXT and NXT UK women’s champion. Natalya counters an attack and shows off a little, bouncing between the ropes to hit a modified bulldog. Natalya wraps Rhea up from behind; standing switch from Rhea. Natalya breaks free and looks for a Discus Clothesline but Ripley counters with a textbook Norther Lights Suplex! Close cover attempt. Rhea puts Natalya in her standing inverted Figure Four right in the middle of the ring. Natalya attempts to roll out and Rhea drops on her shoulders, getting a close two. Natalya escapes and hits a release German Suplex to take the lead. Natalya attempts another Sharpshooter; Rhea counters and rolls Natalya up for two. Nattie looks for a kick; Ripley catches her and counters it into the start of a Riptide. Tamina gets on the apron, distracting Ripley. Natalya runs off the opposite ropes, looking for a sneak attack, bug is tripped up by a returning Nikki A.S.H.! Natalya looks for a leverage pin but Nikki takes Nattie’s feet off the ropes, breaking the pin attempt. Rhea puts Natalya back in that inverted, standing Figure Four. Natalya hangs on for several long moments but finally taps!
Your Winner by Submission, Rhea Ripley!
Eight-Man Tag Match: the New Day and Mustafa Ali & Mansoor vs T-BAR & MACE and AJ Styles & Omos
The New Day make their way out alongside Ali & Mansoor as we head to a commercial break. When we return, we get clips from last Monday’s tag team turmoil. Mace & T-Bar brutally dismantled their opponents for tonight. Mace and T-Bar come out looking even more Mad Max than normal. A prerecorded promo from the duo inform us that their opponents are about to be led to the slaughterhouse. Styles and the giant Omos are out last. Graves reminds us that AJ Styles is a Grand Slam Champion, and has helped shape Omos to become a threat to anyone. We start this match with Mansoor and AJ Styles.
Mansoor takes an early control for his team, taking Styles into the friendly corner. The New Day and Mansoor take turns tagging each other in and stomping on Styles as the ref counts a warning. Ali wants to be tagged in as his FOMO (fear of missing out) is on full display. Finally Ali slaps Mansoor’s back to tag himself in, and Styles makes him regret it. Styles with a tag to T-Bar, who sends Mansoor speedily into the ropes and catches him with a stiff boot. T-Bar tags in Mace and both men hit running Big Boots on the New Day/Mansoor on the apron. Mace and T-Bar take Mansoor and Ali down in front of the commentary team. Mace takes Ali back into the ring and covers for a close two. Again Mace shows off his strength, battering the smaller Ali. We head to commercials with Ali rolling in pain on the floor and Mace posing.
Back from the break. We return to find T-Bar and Mansoor in the ring. Mansoor attempts to make a tag and T-Bar grabs his foot, preventing it. Mansoor with a kick to the face that sends T-Bar bumbling back into his corner. Styles tags in. Mansoor makes the tag to Xavier Woods. Woods drops Styles and tags in Kingston. Kingston with a Frog Splash to a bent-over Styles’ lower back. T-Bar hits the ring and Woods hits a rope-assisted strike. We begin a series of high-spot moments, with each person coming in and hitting their signature or finisher, starting with Kofi looking for a Trouble in Paradise–and countered by Styles–and culminating with Ali tagging himself in. Ali with a DDT off the middle rope. Styles rolls to his corner and the giant Omos reaches over, tagging himself in. Big pop from the crowd for Omos as the fans rise to their feet and applaud for the big man. Omos throws Ali into the corner then across the ring like a toy. Omos pulls Ali up by the neck. Mansoor leaps on Omos’ back, trying to lock a sleeper in. The New Day hit the ring and each man grabs a leg! Omos throws Mansoor of his back, choke tosses Ali into the corner, and knocks both members of the New Day off his legs and out the ring. Omos then hits a big Chokeslam to Ali, picking up the win.
Your Winners, AJ Styles & Omos and Mace & T-Bar!
The WWE Draft
We get a blink-and-miss-it advertisement for the WWE Draft, which is set to start on October 1st’s SmackDown and carry over to the following Raw.
Singles Match: DouDrop vs Eva Marie
The recently-married DouDrop makes her way out to a decent pop. We get a series of clips from the last two weeks, setting up this match between the two former EvaLution members. After a break, we finally get Eva Marie’s entrance. The digital crowd is more behind her than the arena crowd, who are mostly dead for her entrance. The bell rings and Dou charges Eva. Eva ducks and throws a right fist, a rising right knee and a right elbow to Dou. Eva locks in a side headlock, but Dou shoves her off into the ropes. Eva runs into Dou and crashes to the mat. Dou looks for a running senton but Eva moves. Eva attempts to whip Dou, who puts on the brakes and sends Eva into the corner. Eva dodges a charge and slams Dou’s head into the top turnbuckle multiple times. Eva looks for a bulldog onto the turnbuckle but Dou shoves her off and sends Eva to the mat. Dou throws Eva into the corner and connects with her running splash. Eva begs, on her knees, for mercy. DouDrop picks Eva up over her right shoulder, but Eva rakes the eyes and escapes. Eva attempts to roll-up Dou, who doesn’t even budge and instead drops down on Eva. DouDrop with a running cross body to pick up the easy win. The crowd definitely likes DouDrop; Eva Marie, not so much.
Your Winner, DouDrop!
Backstage Promo: Karrion Kross
Kross, wearing a suit, is back amongst supply crates as cheesy violin music plays. He talks about his growing list of “casualties” on Raw, and we get several clips of Kross taking down the various people he’s faced on Raw over the last two months. He ponders if we want to know what his desires or motivations are, and admits he’s not sure even he has the answers. But he’s going to hurt every single person in this place (the WWE) until he gets whatever he wants. He promises that, step by step, every week he will pulverize everyone–like clockwork–until they learn to fall and pray.
WWE Championship Main Event Match: Bobby Lashley(c) w/ MVP vs Randy Orton w/ Riddle
And it’s time for our big main event! The Raw Tag Team Champions, RK-Bro, make their way out. Riddle fist-bumps the crowd and excitedly tries to fire up Orton as they pause on the ramp. Orton continues to the ring as we head to a break ahead of our main event. When we return, our WWE Champion makes his way out with his advocate, MVP. We get our official announcements, with the crowd cheering for Randy and a decent mix of cheers amongst the sea of boos. The bell rings and this one is off! Orton immediately rolls out of the ring, beginning the psychological warfare. Orton paces outside, frustrating Lashley as the ref counts. Lashley exits the ring and stalks Orton around the ring. Orton rolls into the ring. Lashley takes time to talk smack to Riddle and Orton makes him suffer for it. Orton rolls out, behind Lashley, and uses everything from the barricade to the steel steps to the announcer’s table, beating the champion against anything and everything he can find. Orton takes Lashley into the ring and covers for nothing. Lashley throws his shoulder into Orton’s gut, repeatedly ramming the Viper into the corner. Lashley goes to the well one time too many, and Orton avoids a shoulder thrust. Lashley rams the ring post. Orton sets up the Spike DDT but Lashley dumps Orton over the ropes and to the outside. Lashley pursues and swings–and misses! Orton with a back drop across the barricade! Orton with a running clothesline that sends Lashley spilling over the barricade. Orton rolls into the ring to break the ref’s count as we head to commercial break.
Back from the break. Orton and Lashley battle on the top turnbuckle as the crowd fires up. Orton takes it to the top rope and hits a Superplex on the champ! Orton covers for two. Riddle and the crowd are fully behind Orton. Lashley rolls out of the ring, nursing his knees as Orton follows. Lashley picks Orton up over his shoulders and rams Orton’s head into the ring post! Lashley takes control of the match. As Orton attempts to enter, Lashley rams him on the apron. Orton flies into the barricade. Riddle attempts to check on his partner but Lashley rolls out. Lashley takes Orton into the ring and whips him hard into the corner. Lashley with a neckbreaker and covers for two.
The crowd starts a Randy chant as Lashley locks in a side headlock. Orton fights to a vertical base and breaks free with a series of right elbows. Lashley again looks for a lock and Orton again uses right elbows effectively. Lashley looks for a Sidewalk Slam but Orton ducks under and takes the champ into the corner! Orton with a ten-count fist attack on the top turnbuckle! Lashley pushes Orton off and charges but Orton reverses it into a snap Powerslam! Orton with a close cover. The crowd is hot for this. Orton looks at MVP. MVP yells for Lashley to watch out as Orton goes full Viper mode, pounding on the mat. Orton looks for an RKO but Lashley shoves him off and connects with a spear for a close two! Lashley recovers and looks for a Hurt Lock. Orton does his best, trying to resist and keep Lashley from locking it in. Orton with a right elbow to the face and hits an RKO! RKO! RKO! The Champion is down! MVP comes over, causing a distraction. Riddle distracts MVP, taunting him, and Orton comes up from behind–with an RKO for MVP! The crowd is on fire for this, with a loud chant for Orton filling the arena. Orton sends MVP into the ring and enters, immediately catching a spear! Lashley covers and picks up the win outta nowhere!
Your Winner and STILL WWE Champion, Bobby Lashley!
Money in the Bank WWE Championship Match: Bobby Lashley(c) vs Big E
The crowd goes wild as Big E comes out. He promised earlier today he’d do this, and he’s keeping his word–Mister Money in the Bank is cashing in! We head to a break with his match up next!
Back from the break. We’re told Lashley didn’t want to go ahead with this match. The bell rings and Lashley opens it with a Spear! Big E bounces back. Big E looks for the Big Ending and Lashley counters with a Spear, covering for one, two…no! Big E recovers and hits the Big Ending on Lashley, covering for the three as the crowd goes absolutely apeshit!
Your Winner and NEW WWE Champion, Big E!
After the Match: a New Day is Upon Us
Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston hit the ring in street clothes, celebrating with Big E as he plays to the excited crowd. Pyro shoots off and the crowd is on their feet, clapping and applauding their new world champion! Lashley is shown limping up the ramp as the New Day trio reunite and hug in the ring. Big E mounts the ring post one more time and holds up his WWE championship to huge cheers! Finally a WWE Champion worth dusting off the old replica title for! We end our program with a crowd on fire and a new champion.
And that does it for tonight’s great program! Thank you all for stopping by, and we hope to see you here tomorrow night for the the debut of NXT 2.0 in which the black-and-gold brand officially becomes the Unicorn Vomit brand. Have a great night and stay safe out there.
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