Welcome to eWrestling.com's LIVE coverage for the March 1, 2021 edition of WWE Monday Night RAW starting at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, airing LIVE on the USA Network from the ThunderDome II at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida!
As advertised for the March 1st edition of WWE Monday Night RAW, tonight The Miz will be forced to defend WWE Championship against Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre returns after losing the title at WWE Elimination Chamber. Don't miss Raw, tonight at 8/7 C on USA Network.
Featured below are complete results of the March 1, 2021 edition of WWE Monday Night RAW which airs live at 8/7C on USA Network! The following report was written by eWrestling.com's longest running female reporter, Jamie Rush. Follow Jamie on Twitter @JamieRush312.
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW RESULTS (03/01/2021)
The March 1, 2021 edition of WWE Monday Night RAW opens with a video package highlighting the agreement between The Hurt Business member Bobby Lashley and the current WWE Champion The Miz in the ring Last Week after Lashley assisted in the win for The Miz after the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view event (we see photo stills of the events that followed). We then see the events that followed on Last Monday's WWE Monday Night RAW where The Miz asks for "more time" after being given one hour by Lashley. We see that Shane McMahon came out and made a match following Braun Strowman's demand for a match for the title, declaring that Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley would take place and if Strowman won, this week there would be a Triple Threat Match for the title with Miz, Strowman, and Lashley.
Finally we see the match between Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley, Lashley beat Strowman! Lashley speared The Miz and held the WWE Championship high in the air to end last week's RAW!
Inside ThunderDome II
As the video package ends, we are welcomed by the commentary team of They note the return of Drew McIntyre and the Celtic Warrior vs. The Scottish Warrior will be the first match up of the evening!
In-Ring - Drew McIntyre
Out first for the first official match up of the evening is Drew McIntyre as his entrance theme sounds in the ThunderDome II at St. Petersburg, Florida's Tropicana Field to a pop from the crowd! McIntyre is officially announced as he makes his way down the ramp and enters the ring where he awaits his opponent for tonight's match up! "Man it's been a real bitch of a month for Drew McIntyre! Let's start with Sheamus, since our match is up next." McIntyre continues on to state that his 20 year friendship with Sheamus was ruined, and he's still not sure why.
McIntyre continues on to state how he won the Elimination Chamber match to retain his title when he was suddenly attacked by Bobby Lashley of The Hurt Business. "That's right, the frickin' Miz is WWE Champion..." McIntyre continues. "I have a clear vision in my head of what's going to happen. Regain my WWE Championship, main event, Wrestlemania..." he continues on to share how he will continue to win week in and week out! McIntyre says whoever wins between Lashley and Miz tonight has the biggest target on their back. He then turns his attention to Sheamus once again, stating he should come on out so they can kick the crap out of each other.
The Miz Interrupts
Drew McIntyre says he could use some firing up as The Miz's music interrupts him. The Miz asks to be officially and properly introduced as the champion, Miz has Rome re-introduce him as the WWE Champion. He raises the title as pyro goes off all around the stage. The boos get louder. Miz tries sucking up to Drew and proposes that they work together, as a trio "The Three M-igo's". He calls himself "the victim" as he says he's a husband and a father to two baby girls as Lashley threatened his "very well being".
Suddenly, the music interrupts and out comes MVP representing The Hurt Business. MVP is now using a cane. "Is this the beginning of a new business relationship or the pathetic rantings of a desperate man?" McIntyre states he can do it on his own, MVP knows him well enough, as he declined MVP's services last year. MVP says nothing can change the fact that Bobby Lashley will take the WWE Title from Miz tonight. He goes on and reveals that Lashley’s title shot will begin promptly at 9pm ET tonight. MVP leaves and Miz, speaking from ringside, still tries to get McIntyre to help him against Lashley.
Sheamus Enters For Match
The music interrupts and out comes Sheamus now. Sheamus says Miz is wasting his breath because Drew only cares about himself. Sheamus says after he’s done with McIntyre tonight, McIntyre will be in no shape to do anything.
Drew McIntyre vs. Sheamus
"Right fella?" Sheamus asks? McIntyre agrees, and doesn’t want to waste any time. He exits the ring and starts brawling with Sheamus at ringside. Referees try to break them up but they keep brawling. Drew knocks Sheamus over the barrier for a big pop. Drew returns to the ring and poses in the corner as Sheamus seethes at ringside. We head to the first commercial break of the evening.
As we return from the first commercial break of the evening, the referee stands in the center of the ring and officially signals for the bell. The bell rings and the match begins as both superstars begin throwing blows back and forth, ending up in the corner of the ring. The referee blocks and then backs McIntyre off but Sheamus takes advantage and fights him into the opposite corner. The referee yells at them but they continue to brawl as if no one is there. McIntyre lands a Big Chop in the corner followed by dropping Sheamus to the canvas for the first pin attempt, Sheamus is able to kick out. The match continues.
At this point the referee backs Sheamus off from the corner again, but Sheamus stays on McIntyre like white on rice. Sheamus lands a Clothesline on McIntyre then follows up with a Big Knee drop from the second turnbuckle for a cover attempt of his own, McIntyre kicks out at ONE. Sheamus takes McIntyre to the canvas for some Ground and Pound action. Drew fights up and out, nailing a snap suplex. Drew drops Sheamus with a right hand as he takes over offense. McIntyre now whips Sheamus hard into the turnbuckles and Sheamus drops to the canvas. Sheamus makes his way back to his feet and counters as he Stomps away while Drew is down now. Sheamus with a knee to the side of the face as fans boo. Sheamus grounds Drew again. Sheamus with big elbow strikes while keeping Drew down for the cover.
McIntyre kicks out at the two! Drew fights back and uses Sheamus's 10 Beats on him as the crowd cheers! At this point, Sheamus gets back to his feet and sends McIntyre to the floor. McIntyre struggles but is able to fight his way back up to the apron, only for Sheamus to unload on him with several shots to the midsection! McIntyre continues to fight from the apron. We see Sheamus charge at McIntyre sending him to the apron with a big Brogue Kick. Drew falls to the apron and then to the floor. The fans boo loudly as we once again head to commercial break.
Again we return to commercial break, McIntyre and Sheamus with Thunder Cracks to one another as they strike back and forth. McIntyre bounces off the turnbuckle and launches Sheamus across the ring as he shakes off the damage from Sheamus from before. McIntyre sends Sheamus over the top as the referee begins the count. Sheamus drops McIntyre onto the apron. McIntyre then sends Sheamus into the desk with a brutal landing as Sheamus's back hits the edge of the announcer's table. McIntyre rolls in at seven and re-starts the count. McIntyre lifts Sheamus and slams him onto the announcer's desk once again, then assists Sheamus into the ring at the count of eight.
McIntyre heads up top as the crowd pops. McIntyre with a Chop to the Celtic Warrior for the two count! The match continues!! McIntyre looks for the Future Shock DDT to no avail, Sheamus with a Clothesline to McIntyre turning him inside out as Sheamus crawls to the corner to catch his breath. Sheamus rolls to a sitting position on the top, Glasgow Kiss Headbutt as McIntyre jumps to his feet. Both men come crashing down and McIntyre gets the cover, Sheamus kicks out at the two as we AGAIN head to commercial break!
We once again return from commercial break, trading strikes, McIntyre hits a Spinebuster and gets a cover on Sheamus who kicks out. Sheamus retaliates with White Noise, to no avail! The match continues! Future Shock DDT by McIntyre at this point, McIntyre goes for the cover, again Sheamus kicks out! Back to his feet, Sheamus goes up top and pulls Drew after him, jockeying for position as Drew hits Avalanche White Noise himself on Sheamus! Sheamus back to his feet again! McIntyre locks in the Underhooks, but Sheamus shoves McIntyre into the corner followed by a Kick to the midsection and an Alabama Slam on Drew for the cover!
McIntyre kicks out and Sheamus returns to his feet in the corner, waiting for McIntyre to get back to his feet as he charges in for the Brogue Kick, McIntyre counters with a Claymore of his own! McIntyre then falls into the cover on Sheamus for the three count pin and win!
Winner: Drew McIntyre
After the Match
We immediately head into replays. McIntyre stands tall as his entrance theme sounds. McIntyre shakes his head as he looks at Sheamus and mouths, "You did this..." as Sheamus struggles to his feet using the ropes as an assist. We head to commercial break.
Backstage - Naomi
We head backstage where Naomi is dancing when Nia Jax gets in her way. They stare each other down and will face off in the ring next. Back to commercial.
Countdown To WWE Title Match
As we return from the commercial break, we see the timer counting down to 9pm for the WWE Title match between The Miz and Bobby Lashley!
Naomi vs. Nia Jax
We go back to the ring and it's time to "feel the glow" as out first comes Naomi (who is accompanied by Lana). Naomi makes her way down the ramp and enters the ring where she awaits her opponent for the second match up of the evening! The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are out next as Nia Jax is accompanied by her tag-team partner, Shayna Baszler. Phillips notes the Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez vs. Jax & Baszler for the titles on this coming Wednesday’s WWE NXT episode.
As we return to the ring, we see Jax enter the ring and raises the title to taunt Naomi. The referee stands in the center of the ring and signals for the bell. The bell rings and the next match up is officially underway! To start things off, Naomi goes right to work but goes down when running into Jax. Jax talks some trash and launches Naomi across the ring by her hair. Naomi shouts, "Get off my hair!" Naomi looks to light up Nia Jax at this point.
Jax maintains control as she manhandles Naomi. Naomi looks to take control as she rocks Jax and follows up by kicking her in the mouth. Naomi goes on and nails a Facebuster. Naomi keeps fighting looking for a Sunset Flip but Jax levels her and drops her with an elbow to the mouth. Samoan Drop by Jax! Jax with a bear hug in the middle of the ring now. Fans rally for Naomi and she goes for a roll-up but Jax lifts her and nails a big headbutt. Jax follows up with a Samoan Drop. Fans boo as Jax taunts Lana. Turning her attention back to Naomi, Jax goes for a big powerbomb and hits it in the middle of the ring for the pin to win.
Winner: Nia Jax
After the Match
Immediately following the match, Shayna Baszler joins her tag-team partner Nia Jax in the ring as the music hits. We then head into replays. Jax and Baszler stand tall over Naomi.
Once again we head backstage where we see Bobby Lashley backstage and he’s ready to go. Still to come in less than 3.5 minutes, Lashley will challenge The Miz for the WWE Title. Back to commercial.
WWE Championship Match
The Miz vs. Bobby Lashley
Commentary notes "The time has come!" and "It's time to collect" as it's officially announced that representing the Hurt Business is Bobby Lashley as pyro goes off around the challenger who looks like he's already won! Lashley bounces around, ready to go but nothing happens...
Out next is the current WWE Champion, The Miz as we hear, "AWWEESSSOOOMMMEEE". Lashley begins hopping around once again, but we see The Miz is nowhere to be seen. MVP walks to the front of the ring and asks, "What's up man?!"
Backstage - The Miz
John Morrison asks if there is anything that can be done to help The Miz... Adam Pearce walks up stating there better be a damn good explanation for this. Morrison asks what can be done. The Miz looks miserable. Suddenly John Morrison and Adam Pearce back up as Bobby Lashley appears and grabs The Miz by the face stating, "We're gonna have our match, I'm gonna beat your ASS for that WWE title!" and then throws Miz to the floor backstage
"Miz, even if I have to carry you out there by myself, you WILL defend the title out there at 10pm!" Pearce then walks away as Morrison asks for a towel, or help! Commentary notes that Miz has one hour to "gather himself" for the match up!
In-Ring - Braun Strowman
Braun Strowman makes his way to the ring as his entrance theme sounds in the arena, and we are informed he will be in action after the break!
As we return from the commercial break, Braun Strowman is still standing in the ring as we are informed that The Miz was supposed to be in the match with Bobby Lashley, but instead it will take place at 10pm. Instead... "It's obvious that Shane McMahon and Adam Pearce have something against me." He notes being suspended after headbutting Adam Pearce and then being excluded from the Elimination Chamber match - which Strowman exclaims "SUCKED" as he wasn't involved.
Shane McMahon and Adam Pearce Join
The entrance theme sounds for McMahon and Pearce as they join Strowman inside the ring. "Relax, relax, chill out a second." McMahon states. Shane continues on to state they’re not laughing but they can see that his inability to reach his own personal goals has him angry and upset. Shane continues that he's here to help Strowman, like he’s helping himself. He’s taking some MBA courses, and one of them is all about conflict management. When in conflict management, the text of which is way above Braun’s level, the key is communication.
That’s what his tag match tonight is all about, and McMahon tells him that Adam had nothing to do with his match tonight, it was all him. It doesn’t matter who his partner is, he needs to work with WWE management, and he needs to be forced to do so. That’s why his tag partner is WWE management. Braun asks if Shane is his tag partner and McMahon does a little shuffle before denying it.
Shane says his partner tonight is actually going to be Adam Pearce, and he’ll sweeten the pot— the match will be for the tag titles. Braun admits that doesn’t sound that bad, but he promises him, if Pearce screws it up, he’s gonna get These Hands. McMahon tells Strowman to ease up. Strowman gives Adam a preview of "These Hands", grabbing Pearce by his shirt as Shane states, "Let him go, let him go!" and we go to break.
Braun Strowman & Adam Pearce vs. Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin
As we return from the commercial break, Strowman stands inside the ring with Adam Pearce who is not in ring gear, looking confused as Shane McMahon still nods in excitement for the match. Out next are Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander who make their way out, looking slightly confused themselves, but they still enter the ring. The referee stands in the center of the ring as everyone argues in confusion. The referee holds up the tag-team titles.
The referee signals for the bell, Strowman starting for his team as Benjamin and Alexander argue over who starts. Strowman Bulldozes through both members of The Hurt Business. Strowman then sends them both to ringside before heading to ringside himself. Strowman then runs through both Hurt Business members like a Freight Train! Strowman then rolls Alexander back into the ring, throwing him through the turnbuckle then putting his foot on Alexander for the cover, Alexander gets his shoulder up. Strowman then lifts and tosses Alexander over his head then throwing him across the ring.
Strowman looks to rush Alexander who then side steps as Strowman goes shoulder first into the turnbuckle. Strowman tags in Pearce as Benjamin enters the ring, Benjamin gets Pearce down and gets the three count pin and win!
Winners and STILL RAW Tag-Team Champions: Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin
After the Match
Still standing on the apron in shock, Strowman yells at Shane McMahon (who is looking more and more like early 2000's Vince I must say!) as Shane looks on.
Backstage - Bad Bunny & Damian Priest
We head backstage where Bad Bunny and Damian Priest are hanging out and talking as Elias and Jaxson Ryker walk up. Elias starts by saying he can feel the mutual respect and he’s got a once-in-a-lifetime business proposal for Bunny. Bad goes along with it and Elias continues as he states that he’s well on his way to reaching the pinnacle in the music industry, but he thinks he’s got potential for more and that’s where Bunny comes in.
Elias continues on to state that he and Bad Bunny should drop a single and turn the music industry upside down. Bunny nods along, Elias says he’ll have his people call his people, and Bad whispers something in Spanish to Priest. With that we head to commercial break.
Countdown Continues For WWE Championship Match
As we return from the commercial break once again, the count down is at 30:11 until The Miz vs. Bobby Lashley WWE Championship Title Match is set to begin.
In- Ring - Elias
"Ladies and Gentleman... Elias." Elias is announced, sitting next to Jaxson Ryker. Elias continues to state that his album was snubbed from the Grammy's. He compares himself to Tom Brady being snubbed at the ESPY's. Elias then states "WWE stands for... WALK WITH ELIAS!" As Elias goes to start his song...
24/7 Champion Bad Bunny
Bad Bunny makes his way out as his entrance theme sounds, he stops mid-way down the ramp as the stadium goes black, suddenly Damian Priest's entrance theme sounds, and he meets Bunny on the ramp, they give daps then enter the ring.
Damian Priest vs. Elias
With both competitors inside the ring, Damian Priest and Elias stand apart as the referee signals for the bell. The bell rings and this match up is officially underway. Priest powers Elias into the corner to start things off. Priest jockeys for position as the two go back and forth. Elias exits the ring, and forces Priest to break at the referee's demand. Elias walks over and re-enters. Priest again powers over Elias keeping control. Back and forth action continues.
Later in the match, Priest using his long legs and then a Clothesline to take down Elias. Priest then hypes up as he's able to hit his Broken Arrow for the two count on Elias! Bad Bunny states it's time to end this, suddenly Elias takes Priest in a quick roll up during a distraction from Ryker. Elias gets a two count on Priest, Priest counters with a roll up of his own! Elias shoves Priest, a Leaping Knee Strike for the two count as Priest kicks out JUST in time!
Priest still on the canvas, Elias assists Priest to his feet, then attacks the lower back of Priest in the corner of the ring. Elias takes Priest up top, Priest with a Bell Clap as he gets free, Damian Priest with Hit the Lights for the three count pin and win!
Winner: Damian Priest
After the Match
Bad Bunny and Priest celebrate their victory inside the ring as we head into replays!
Tom Phillips gives us a run-down of how The Miz vs. Bobby Lashley WWE Championship Title Match came about as we are sent into a video package highlighting the events with Bobby Lashley "wrecking and destroying" Drew McIntyre after Elimination Chamber, Lashley ready to collect last Monday. Miz stating "I never said WHEN" they then give Miz one hour to make his decision. Miz states he needs more time, a week, "it's best for all parties". Lashley states Miz is "wasting his time" and wasting his time is like wasting his money.
As the video package ends, the clock is at 5:46 as the match is set to take place at 10pm EST, though it was supposed to take place at 9pm, we head into a clip from "Earlier Tonight" where Lashley met a "sick" Miz backstage stating he was gonna beat his ass for the title. Pearce then states he will carry Miz out if he has to!
Backstage - The Miz and John Morrison
We see The Miz dressed and ready for his title match which is set to take place when we return from the commercial break!
As we return from the commercial break, the clock has run out for tonight's title match!
Backstage - Randy Orton
Kayla Braxton is backstage with The Viper, Randy Orton, as she asks about the things he's been subjected to since his match at TLC. Orton begins, "I don't know what the hell happened last week, but I do know Alexa Bliss had a part to play." Braxton sends us into a video clip...
Two Weeks Ago Orton spitting blood as Alexa Bliss continues to laugh on the monitor behind him. "Unless Alexa Bliss wants to end up just like The Fiend, I suggest she stay out of my life, and my business." We see Alexa Bliss on the screen behind him.
Giggles as Bliss states, "Randy, you're so silly!!" and continues to laugh. Bliss begins to turn the handle on a pentagram covered "Jack in the Box" as she whispers, "Bring him back..." We see Randy Orton's face with black pupils saying, "RANDY... this doesn't end on your terms. Soon you will come face to face with everything you've ever done!" then proceeds to laugh on the monitor as Randy looks on, unzipping his jacket and retching as he exits the view of the camera.
WWE Championship Title Match
The Miz (c) vs. Bobby Lashley
"AWWWESSOMMMEE!" The Miz makes his way down the ramp accompanied by his friend John Morrison as we get set for the WWE title match! The Miz waits inside the ring as he awaits his opponent for tonight's title match! Out next representing The Hurt Business is Bobby Lashley. Lashley makes his way down the ramp and enters the ring, staring down The Miz. As the match is being officially announced, The Miz exclaims, "Whoa, whoa, whoa... let's talk about this!" Lashley is irate and MVP shouts, "Talk about what?" Miz continues trying to negotiate the terms of their agreement.
"17 years this man has waited and yerned for the title, but this isn't the stage... but he needs to do this at the grandest stage of them all!" Miz says it should take place at Wrestlemania, asking MVP, what he says. MVP states he's doing it right now. The Miz is pissed as he removes his headband but keeping his jacket on and his title on his shoulder. Lashley is announced, then The Miz as he's "boo'd". Miz removes his jacket, Lashley not taking his eyes off Miz.
The referee signals for the bell. The bell rings and the match begins. MVP shouts, "You've got this, he's yours!" The referee begins the count as The Miz rolls out of the ring and grabs his belt, running off. The Miz is counted out as the referee gets to 10, and retains the championship even though Bobby Lashley officially wins the match by count out.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
After the Match
The Miz still retains his title as the current champion due to the count-out clause for championship matches.
Before the Break Clip
As we return from the commercial break, we see a clip from before the break where as soon as the bell rings, Miz grabs his title belt and high tails it out of the ThunderDome! Getting counted out to retain his title.
Backstage - Shane McMahon, Bobby Lashley, and MVP
"Technically there was a WWE Championship Title Match, technically you won." Shane McMahon begins, adding he will not let this one slide, and there will be a title match tonight. MVP for some reason still shouts, "This is BULL****! Is this how you run your business?!" McMahon states he will consider stripping the title from Miz and giving it to Lashley. Lashley states he would rather McMahon FIND him, so he can beat the p*** out of him. Lashley then walks off.
In-Ring Charlotte Flair
The Queen, Charlotte Flair makes her way to the stage as her entrance theme sounds in the ThunderDome II, Flair stops at the bottom of the ramp, giving a twirl as the pyro goes off around her". The referee sits on the rope, assisting Flair into the ring. Flair is handed a microphone from a WWE official at ringside as she smiles and begins, "So I'm going to be honest, the last few weeks have been a emotional rollercoaster, to legitimately be Asuka's tag-team partner." Flair continues on to state she wanted to stay away from the titles as Asuka worked her ass off to earn it, but then Flair's being tangled up in this mess with Lacey Evans. Flair then adds we are six weeks away from Wrestlemania, Bianca Belair has chosen her challenger, Sasha Banks. Flair is excited for that match. But, who is Asuka's challenger? Who is going to face Asuka? So she thought about it, and her true colors... she wants the RAW Women's Championship! But Asuka is at home injured.
Flair then sends us into a video clip showing Asuka's injury, as Shayna Baszler kicks Asuka in the face! A tooth flying across the ring. "So here's the thing, nobody knows Asuka like I know Asuka, and she's gonna come back fighting!" Flair adds that when Asuka comes back, she will be challenging her for the title.
Shayna Baszler Interrupts
"Charlotte, all this talk about focusing on yourself, what else is new?" Baszler begins. Baszler continues stating that Flair is fighting an uphill battle, and she's an army of ONE. Baszler brags she is the reason that the Champion no longer has teeth... the crowd boo's. Baszler gives her opinion, stating Flair would benefit from some help. Nia Jax states it's a shame that Flair sent her dad home, because the entire Women's locker room wishes she had sent her self home. Jax states, "No one... likes you." Jax asks why Flair thinks she gets the yellow brick road to Wrestlemania. "I hate to break it to you... scratch that, I LOVE to break it to you." Jax states, as she says Shayna, or more than likely Jax will be going up against Asuka for the title.
Jax taunts Flair asking if she's sure she wants to have the match tonight, with such a pretty smile, Punky Brewster may not ask her for any other appearances without her teeth. Jax and Baszler enter the ring at this point. Flair gets a strike in on Baszler before Jax attacks Flair. Baszler then holds Flair down while Jax delivers a Leg Drop. The referee goes to check on Flair as fans "boo" and we go back to commercial.
Shayna Baszler vs. Charlotte Flair
As we return from the commercial break, we see that Baszler is in control as she has Flair down, the match already officially underway. The timer on the screen says the WWE Title match will take place in 22 minutes. Back in the ring, Baszler takes down Flair then goes for the cover, getting a 2 count in the center of the ring. Baszler grounds Flair by her arm and focuses on it.
Backstage we see that Lana and Naomi watching on a monitor. Flair makes her way back up from the mat and slams Baszler face-first. Flair with a big right hand but Baszler unloads back with strikes. Flair blocks the Gutwrench and back-drops Baszler. Flair with a big chop and right hand into the corner. Flair with more chops in the corner now. Flair with a big overhead throw and a kip up.
Flair with more chops to send Baszler back in the corner. Flair slams the knee into the mat and then chop blocks her from behind. Flair unloads on the knee and knocks Jax off the apron. Flair avoids a roll-up and stomps away on Baszler again. Baszler blocks the Figure Four and kicks Flair through the ropes to the floor. Jax charges at Flair but runs into the steel ring steps as Flair moves.
Flair comes back in but Baszler kicks her in the face. Baszler applies the Kirifuda Clutch but Flair breaks it, drops Baszler on her knee and hits Natural Selection for the three count pin and win.
Winner: Charlotte Flair
After the Match
Immediately following the match, the music hits as Flair heads straight to the ramp as Jax rushes the ring. Jax stares her down as Baszler recovers on the mat.
Backstage - Adam Pearce
We head backstage where Shane McMahon informs Adam Pearce, "Tell Bobby Lashley if The Miz doesn't show up for his match, he will be stripped of his title and it will be given to Lashley." With that, we head to commercial break.
Six-Man Tag-Team Match-Up
Lucha House Party & Matt Riddle vs. RETRIBUTION
As we return to the ring, RETRIBUTION members are already standing inside the ring with Mustafa Ali standing at ringside in their corner as they await their opponents for the tag-team match up. Out next is Lucha House Party, as they make their way to the stage, awaiting their partner. Finally, out last is the United States Champion Matt Riddle, as he makes his way out as Lucha House Party make their way down the ramp swaying to Riddle's entrance theme. "Bro! Bro! Bro!" sounds in the arena from the monitors in the audience. Riddle enters the ring kicking his flip flops off as he finishes his entrance. The bell rings and the match is officially underway!
Riddle starts off for her team as he heads in at T-Bar. T-Bar quickly gets Riddle down with a Choke-breaker for the cover, Riddle kicks out at two! Retribution work Riddle over until he is able to get the tag to Dorado. SlapJack sidesteps him into the turnbuckles but he tags Metalik in. Metalik heads up top, getting a Falling Splash on SlapJack for the cover and the three count pin and win!
Winner: Lucha House Party & Matt Riddle
After the Match
Immediately following the match, Mustafa Ali demands a match with Riddle right now to show everyone what Retribution is all about, and we go to break.
Matt Riddle vs. Mustafa Ali
As we return from the commercial break, looking to lead by example as the bell rings starting the match, Mustafa Ali immediately heads in on Matt Riddle, getting a Headlock locked in to take Riddle down to the canvas. Riddle counters into a Triangle attempt, Ali is taken down with a Gut Wrench, Ali exits the ring angry, then heads back in.
A kick to the elbow of Riddle, possibly hyper-extending it, Ali continues on offense. Riddle sent into the corner, a Neckbreaker by Ali for the cover, Riddle kicks out at two. Riddle with multiple strikes followed by a Paylay Kick and a Splash. Riddle then tosses Ali across the ring. Riddle hits a Broton and a Kick to the chest for the two count, the match continues. Slapjack takes the attention of Riddle allowing Ali to use the distraction for a crash to the canvas for the three count pin and win!
Winner: Mustafa Ali
After the Match
Mustafa Ali tells RETRIBUTION to bask in his glory and follow in his lead and MAYBE they will be something someday!
Backstage - The Miz
"You're really threatening to forfeit my title, what is this? I defended my championship, I did that." Miz states he kept his title at any means necessary, tummy ache and all. McMahon states Miz WILL defend his championship in legitimate fashion. Miz states, "Do you know what this could do to the BRAND?!"
The Miz states he deserves to go to Wrestlemania, and he deserves respect. Miz gets serious, "All day... I've been humiliated, when you should have protected me, I am a main event caliber champion." He then asks what type Bobby Lashley would be. McMahon says they're about to find out. McMahon finishes, "It's all up to you... champ." as he taps Miz's title. We head to commercial break.
WWE Championship Match
The Miz vs. Bobby Lashley
As we return from the commercial break, Bobby Lashley makes his way to the ring as his entrance theme sounds, for the... however many times... tonight for this title match! Lashley climbs the turnbuckle and you see him hold his hands up in a slight prayer as The Miz's entrance theme sounds. The Miz makes is way to the stage in ring gear with John Morrison by his side as Lashley hypes up next to MVP inside the ring. Miz enters the ring as Lashley stares angrily at Miz who enters the ring. The match is officially announced for one fall for the WWE Championship. Lashley is announced representing The Hurt Business.
The crowd boo's. Then The Miz accompanied by John Morrison, the WWE Champion... is ALSO boo'd by the crowd. The referee holds the title high, when Miz grabs it out of Miz's hand.
Shane McMahon Enters
"I did think of something, allow me to introduce you to... a few lumberjacks." The Hurt Business, Matt Riddle, Elias, and several others from the Men's Locker Room make their way out surrounding the ring. The Miz begins to shout at everyone as the Lumberjacks surround the ring. Nowhere for Miz to run! The bell rings and the match begins. Miz tries to swing the title at Lashley, trying to get disqualified. Epic fail.
Miz climbs out of the ring, and hugs the ring post. Lashley turns around, Miz runs in and strikes, no effect on Lashley! Miz tries to make deals with the Lumberjacks... they throw him back in. Miz gets pummeled by Lashley in the corner of the ring! Lashley tosses Miz across the ring! Lashley with the Flatliner, then raining down strikes on The Miz on the canvas. Miz is assisted back to a kneeling position, Lashley lifts Miz and tosses him to the Lumberjacks of RETRIBUTION who catch him and throw him back in. Lashley with a Spine-buster on Miz! Everyone looks stunned on the outside. Lashley waiting to get the Hurt Lock on Miz! Miz taps!!
Winner By Submission and NEW WWE Champion: Bobby Lashley
After the Match
Bobby Lashley is handed the title, the era of the almighty has begun! With that, we head into replays! Lashley climbs the turnbuckle and points to the Wrestlemania sign! Lashley climbs down and gives the title to MVP who is celebrating, Lashley then locks in the Hurt Lock on Lashley one more time before releasing him and MVP hands the title to Lashley. Lashley kisses the title and puts his foot on The Miz to pose and celebrate!!!
**That's all folks! Be sure to return on Tuesday for Impact Results and Wednesday for NXT Results! As always, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay awesome! RUSH OUT!**
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