Happy Monday, and WELCOME to eWrestling.com’s LIVE coverage for the March 22, 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 22nd edition of WWE Monday Night RAW, a massive Raw is on tap with WrestleMania just three weeks away. WWE Champion Bobby Lashley will clash with Sheamus while Raw Women’s Champion Asuka faces Peyton Royce, Kofi Kingston takes on AJ Styles, Rhea Ripley makes her highly anticipated Raw debut and more, tonight at 8/7 C on USA Network.
Featured below are complete results of the March 22, 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 (03/22/2021)
We enter the award winning and critically eclaimed ThunderDome II at Tropicana Field, in St. Petersburg, Florida! The commentary team of Byron Saxton, Samoa Joe, and Tom Phillips welcome us to tonight’s WWE Monday Night RAW, with Fastlane 2021 behind us, we are now officially on the way to WrestleMania 2021!
We immediately hear the entrance theme for the current WWE Champion Bobby Lashley as he makes his way to the stage!
WWE Champion Bobby Lashley vs. Sheamus
As his entrance theme plays him down the ramp and into the ring, accompanied by his fellow Hurt Business member MVP, we see the current reigning WWE Champion Bobby Lashley as he stands in the center of the ring! Commentary notes that Bobby Lashley will defend his WWE Championship at WrestleMania 2021 against former-champion, Drew McIntyre. The pyro goes off around the ring as Lashley climbs the turnbuckles and stares into the audience filled with monitors of the WWE Universe!
Out next is Sheamus as he makes his way down the ramp and enters the ring with his opponent for tonight’s title match up! Commentary sends us into a short clip from last night’s WWE Fastlane 2021 where during the Sheamus vs. Bobby Lashley match, we see Sheamus sent through the screens as Drew McIntyre shoves him through the monitors in the audience at FastLane!
Back in the ring and both competitors are in position as the match is ready to get underway! The referee signals for the bell. The bell rings and the first match of the evening begins! Both men meet up in the center of the ring as they lock up to start the match!! Finally, Lashley successfully takes Sheamus down for first fall of the match. They go back and forth on the mat as Sheamus powers Lashley in to the corner and backs off as the referee warns him. Lashley then ties Sheamus up but Sheamus lands several Elbows on Lashley to break free. Sheamus grounds Lashley on the mat now. They break and lock up again.
Lashley’s turn to power Sheamus into to the corner and tries to bully Sheamus some but Sheamus fights back. MVP shouts insults of Sheamus from ringside, asking “how does it feel??” At this point, Lashley beats him right back down. Next we see Lashley as he powers himself directly into the corner only to eat a big boot from Sheamus! At this point, we see both men as they run the ropes and Sheamus drops Lashley with a Clothesline. Sheamus takes advantage and keeps focus while he begins to stomp away now. Sheamus beats Lashley around the ring now. Lashley counters a move and clubs Sheamus, then hits a Snap Suplex. Lashley grounds Sheamus now as MVP talks trash from ringside.
Mid-match we once again see Sheamus as he fights his way back up to a standing position but then we see Lashley counter with knees to Sheamus, following up with some heavy right hands. Lashley sends Sheamus to the apron but Sheamus drops him over the top rope. We see Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin of The Hurt Business also at ringside. Sheamus tangles with Lashley but gets clotheslined on the apron. Lashley and Alexander distract the referee while Benjamin successfully levels Sheamus with a massive Clothesline on the floor nearly turning Sheamus inside out as ws we head to commercial break!
We return from commercial break as we see Sheamus powering back against Bobby Lashley as well as the Hurt Business who continue to assist Lashley when the referee isn’t looking. At this point we see that Lashley has Sheamus grounded as The Hurt Business shouts from ringside encouraging Lashley. Sheamus finally makes his way back to his feet and lands a huge Kick to Lashley. Lashley then counters with a massive Powerslam for the cover. Sheamus gets his shoulder up at the two to continue the match. Alexander shouts to Lashley from the apron, Lashley shouts in response, “Not now!”
Immediately after we see Sheamus roll Lashley for the cover! Lashley kicks out at two and is upset with Benjamin as he believes the distraction to be the cause, but continues. Sheamus sends Lashley into the ring post and as Lashley returns, Sheamus hits a Clothesline on Lashley, then another! Lashley back to his feet, and Sheamus sends him to the apron. At this point, we see Sheamus successfully land multiple Forearms. Next, Sheamus hits his 10 Beats of the Bodhrán on the apron to Lashley. Lashley is again sent back to the floor and hits Sheamus hits a huge Flying Clothesline. Sheamus brings it back in and continues to dominate for another cover. Sheamus kicks out at the 2 count.
We see MVP shouting to Alexander that he needs to “just chill! just chill!” at ringside. Lashley finally turns it back around on Sheamus but Sheamus evades a Suplex attempt and Sheamus follows up with a Big Knee Strike! He follows up with a cover! Lashley kicks out at the two. Finally, Sheamus back to his feet first, looks for a Brogue Kick! At the last minute, Lashley side steps to evade. Instead, Lashley runs into a back elbow in the corner. Alexander again attempts to swing at Sheamus from the floor, distracting him. Lashley takes advantage and levels Sheamus with a Big Spine-buster. Lashley then follows up as he applies The Hurt Lock for the submission win. members!
Alexander gets involved as Sheamus looks to go for a Brogue Kick and Lashley follows up with a Hurt Lock, forcing Sheamus to tap!
Winner: Bobby Lashley
After the Match
As Bobby Lashley stands in victory, the remaining Hurt Business members then take it to Drew McIntyre shouts, “Come on Shelton, I dare you!” as the Hurt Business members beg Benjamin to exit the ring and leave with them. Benjamin ultimately complies as he exits the ring and McIntyre states, “That’s what I thought!” Lashley re-enters the ring, looking for McIntyre to attack MVP jumps in shouting, “Business! Business! Don’t allow feelings to enter this, WrestleMania is 3 weeks away! Business! Business!” meanwhile McIntyre taunts him shouting, “Come on, move your man out of the way, hit me first! My hands are behind my back! Hit me! Hit me!”
The Viper looks to summon The Fiend! But first, we head to commercial break!
Backstage – The Hurt Business
As we return from the break The Hurt Business members Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin walk up on MVP and Bobby Lashley. Immediately we notice that Lashley is upset with Alexander due to their interference in his clearly announced one-on-one match. This leads MVP to reprimand them for embarrassing Lashley, just like they did when they LOST the RAW Tag Team Titles to The New Day. Alexander states they were just trying to help, that’s what members of a faction do! MVP shakes his head no. He states it makes Lashley look like he cannot win a match on his OWN! MVP tells them to think about how they’re going to make things right. MVP and Lashley walk off. We again return to break.
Asuka vs. Peyton Royce
As we return from the commercial break, we hear the entrance theme for the RAW Women’s Champion Asuka for the second official non-title match of the evening! The commentary team send us into a video package that shows what led happened several weeks ago when Shayna Baszler knocked her teeth out with a kick during a match where Asuka was in the middle of going back and forth with Nia Jax. We return to the ring, and Asuka poses in the corner as the pyro goes off. We return to commercial break once again.
As we return from the commercial break, Asuka waits in the ring for her opponent as the commentary team send us into a video clip from Asuka’s return last week to defeat Baszler in a non-title match. Once again we return to the ring as Asuka waits in ring and the entrance theme for Peyton Royce sounds as Royce makes her way to the stage for this next match. The commentary team send us into a video clip highlighting Peyton’s RAW Talk promo from two weeks ago where she said she was tired of having her time wasted, and demanded a match with the champion, Asuka.
With both women in the ring and ready for action, the referee signals for the bell. The bell rings, and the next match is officially underway! To start off, we see both women starting slow, as they size each other up, finally they meet in the center of the ring as they then lock up. Early in the match, commentary notes how Peyton had a lot to prove after demanding the match, and she holds her own as she and Asuka go back and forth! Asuka makes her way out of the corner, Asuka runs and drops Royce with a shoulder.
Peyton heads in at Asuka with a Clothesline attempt, Asuka evades. Royce keeps coming as they trade roll-up attempts. Royce takes Asuka down but Asuka gets the bottom rope to avoid a submission. Back to their feet, we see Asuka get Peyton in an Arm bar, Peyton is able to force the break. Next we see Royce successfully get Asuka with an Ankle lock the ultimately ends up in a Bridge. Asuka is able to make her way out as she kicks free. As the match continues, Royce sends Asuka into the turnbuckles.
Next we see Royce hit a Suplex on Asuka for the cover. Asuka is able to kick out for a two count. Royce talks some trash while keeping Asuka on the mat. Back to their feet after Royce hit some Ground and Pound action on Asuka on the mat. Asuka sends Royce face-first into the corner but then runs into a boot. Asuka sends Royce to the apron and hits a big back-fist. Royce avoids the Hip Attack and kicks Asuka in the back, then sends her to the floor for a bad landing. Royce stands tall over Asuka at ringside as the referee counts. Commentary notes that Peyton brought her “A Game” as we head to commercial break once again!
As we again return from the commercial break, we see that both women are down and out as they force themselves back to a standing position, with the assistance of the ropes in the ring. Next we see Asuka landing a Missile Dropkick on Peyton followed by a Hip Attack. As Asuka looks for a German Suplex, Peyton evades and looks to reverse, but Asuka gets the German Suplex on her second attempt! Next we see a Sliding knee that is followed up with another Missile Dropkick that leads into position over a German Suplex but instead we see Peyton hit the Widow’s Peak for the cover. Asuka reverses a submission attempt, Asuka Lock reversed into a victory roll!
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 is forced to tap.
Winner and STILL RAW Women’s Champion: Asuka
After the Match
Immediately following the match, we see Asuka in the center of the ring standing tall for her victory as she is handed her title.
Rhea Ripley Makes Her Debut On RAW
As Asuka is still celebrating her victory, we hear the entrance theme for the Nightmare Rhea Ripley’s as we witness the debut of The Nightmare as she stomps her way to the stage and poses! Ripley then makes her way down the ramp and enters the ring, finishing her official entrance for her debut on tonight’s RAW! To begin, 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. At this point we see Asuka strut up to Rhea, where she proceeds to snatch the microphone away from Ripley and proceeds to speak in in Japanese (Maybe someone should inform her that Rhea is Australian…). Asuka then states in English that Ripley isn’t ready for her…but she accepts.
Backstage – Drew McIntyre
Next we head backstage where former-champion Drew McIntyre is standing as General Manager Adam Pearce approaches him. Pearce starts off by informing McIntyre that he thought McIntyre’s match at Fastlane was great last night. McIntyre responds that he and Sheamus “beat the crap out of each other” last night, the kind of beating that, if they gave it to half the roster they’d turn to dust.
To that, Pearce agrees, and continues by telling McIntyre that the Hurt Business members Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin want to face him in a Handicap Match later tonight on RAW. Without hesitation, 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. At that, Pearce agrees.
In-Ring – Miz TV Set-Up
As we head to commercial break, we see the WWE Crew setting the ring up for MizTV.
Promo – WrestleMania 37
As we return from the commercial break, we immediately head into a promo that highlights WrestleMania 37. The Grandest Stage of Them All is just 19 days away.
Next, commentary sends us into a video replay from Rhea Ripley’s debut on WWE Monday Night RAW where she came to the ring following Asuka vs. Peyton Royce. After that, commentary officially announces that the match for the RAW Women’s Title of Asuka vs. Rhea Ripley is confirmed for WrestleMania 37.
As we return to the ring… er “Miz TV set”, out comes the host along with his co-host, The Miz, and John Morrison.
Once “on-set” The Miz starts off by stating that he needs to vent first. Miz continues on to state that Damian Priest and his friend, rapper Bad Bunny have been strutting around at WWE for the past several weeks. Miz then goes on about how dominant he has been, over names like Brock Lesnar, and how he and Morrison have more than 30 years of combined experience, with too many title reigns to count. Miz shows us how he and Morrison aren’t featured on the WrestleMania 37 promotional poster, while Bunny and Priest are. Miz says last week was his last straw but Bunny got his attention and more, so congratulations.
At this point, Miz sends us into a video replay from last week where Priest defeated Jaxson Ryker, then celebrated in the ring with Bunny as Morrison came out. Miz then hit the ring and nailed Bunny from behind with a guitar. Fans boo now as Morrison calls it a “smash hit”. Miz continues on to state that that should be a lesson to Bunny, and other musicians for that matter, along with actors, sports stars, or whoever may think they can just waltz into WWE and think they can do what they do. They call for a drum roll and announce that next week’s special edition of The Dirt Sheet on RAW will feature the world premiere of their new single dedicated to Bad Bunny – “Hey Hey, Hop Hop”. They take more shots at Bunny and then show us a sneak peek at next week’s music video world premiere.
Morrison jokes that the opposite of a Bad Bunny is a good rapper, and we get a sneak preview of their goofy little music video, featuring both of them in bunny suits dancing around. Miz doubles down and says he’s going to make sure Bad Bunny’s WrestleMania becomes a living nightmare, because he’s challenging him to a match. He’ll end his music career and his career, period.
Miz says this week will bet he last time we hear the words Bad Bunny because this diss track will end his career faster than Vanilla Ice. Miz goes on and says he will ensure WrestleMania 37 becomes Bunny’s living nightmare. Miz challenges Bunny to a match at WrestleMania as fans pop. Miz says he won’t just end Bunny’s musical career, he will end his career, period. Miz tells everyone to watch his next match if we want a preview of WrestleMania, he’s going to take on Jeff Hardy.
Jeff Hardy vs. The Miz
As The Miz and John Morrison are still “on set”, we hear the entrance theme for Jeff Hardy hit the speakers in the ThunderDome as Hardy makes his way to the stage. Hardy then makes his way down the ramp as The Miz and John Morrison just sit there and watch… he 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.
Next we see Miz kick Hardy right in the face and covers for the two. Miz applies a Rear Chin-lock but Hardy quickly fights up and powers Miz into the corner. Hardy then lands a Flying Forearm followed by an Atomic Drop then a Leg-Drop that leads into a Dropkick and finally a Splash for the cover on the Miz. Miz kicks out at the two and the match continues. Both men make their way back to their feet. Next we see The Miz as he Whips Hardy into the corner on the ring, Hardy turning around against the turnbuckle. Miz then rushes at Hardy who immediately gets his foot up and Kicks Miz away!
Hardy makes his way up to the top turnbuckle where he proceeds to land a Splash on Miz for the cover. Miz is able to get his shoulder up and kicks out at the two! Next we see Hardy looking for a Twist of Fate only to have The Miz evade and then counter as he pushes Hardy shoulder-first into the ring post. Finally The Miz grabs Jeff Hardy and proceeds to hit his finisher, the Skull Crushing Finale for the three count pin and win.
Winner: The Miz
After the Match: The MIz stands celebrating his victory as we suddenly see Bad Bunny smashing a guitar across his back! On that “note”, Bunny exits the ring and heads up the ramp. Back in the ring, Miz is furious. Bunny stops and gets on the microphone where he states, “I accept your challenge, bitch.”
Backstage – AJ Styles and Omos
We head backstage at this point where AJ Styles is standing with his Big Buddy Omos when suddenly we see The Original Bro, Matt Riddle scooting by as he calls Styles “Skipper”. Styles complains about New Day inspiring goofs like Riddle and says he’s gonna make New Day look really bad tonight. On that note, they resume walking as we once again head to commercial break.
Promo – AJ Styles
As we return from the commercial break, AJ Styles cuts a promo hyping up how he’s gonna win the tag titles with Omos at WrestleMania 2021 (which will be Omos’s first official match in WWE, which just happens to be on The Grandest Stage of Them All!!) Styles then puts New Day members Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods over as a great tag team who have earned their legacy in the process.
New Day Entrance
New Day members Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods suddenly make their way to the stage for their entrance for tonight’s match, as they cut Styles’ promo off. To start off, Kofi Kingston gets on the microphone, laughing at the simple idea of Styles and Omos ‘winning’ the tag titles from them! Kingston states this is due to the fact that they’re not really a team and all… Xavier Woods tells Omos that AJ’s just gonna bring him down, given his natural size and abilities, and they question how well Styles knows his Big Buddy.
AJ states very matter of factly that Omos’s favorite color is red… but Omos states, “it’s mauve”. Styles then states that Omos’s favorite ice cream is “vanilla bean”…. Omos replies, “peanut butter caramel”. Finally, Styles answers that Omos’s favorite WWE superstar of all time, is himself, AJ Styles of course! But Omos responds, “Andre the Giant”. This leads The New Day to again ask how he can trust Styles, but AJ cuts him off and calls Kofi into the ring so he can kick his butt.
We go to break before the match can begin.
AJ Styles vs. Kofi Kingston
As we return from the commercial break, we see Omos standing by Style’s corner at ringside and AJ Styles inside the ring as he gets ready for action in his match-up that’s set to begin with RAW Tag Team Champion Kofi Kingston. Xavier Woods stands in the corner of Kingston, also at ringside. With both men inside the ring ready for action, the referee signals for the bell. The bell rings and this one-on-one match is officially underway. To start things off in the match, Kingston catches the foot of Styles as Styles goes or a Kick, and Kingston sends Styles to the canvas!
Kingston attempts to keep up the momentum as he controls Styles on the mat, ultimately looking to finish the match early as he rolls Styles for a pin-fall attempt. Styles kicks out. Kingston again sends Styles to the canvas.
Styles kicks out. Kingston again sends Styles to the canvas. AJ tries to fight his way out of the corner but Kingston continues to maintain control as he powers Styles back in. Kingston lands multiple Strikes on Styles until finally Styles lands an Elbow on Kingston to make his way back out to the center of the ring. At this point, Styles throws Kingston up and over the top rope, Kingston landing on the floor at ringside as the referee begins his count!
Styles then makes his way out to the apron just as Kingston slides back into the ring. Kingston quickly makes his way over to Styles, still on the apron, and lands a Strike that drops him on the apron. With that, Kingston then leaps into the corner and catapults AJ across the ring then goes for the cover. Styles kicks out at the two. Kingston follows up with a missile dropkick from the corner. Kofi with a Leg Scissors Takedown for the two. Kingston then gets right up and hits another Dropkick, sending AJ to the floor in front of Omos.
At this point, Styles quickly grabs and pulls Kingston out but Kingston blocks him and then successfully connects with a right hand to maintain control. Styles then blocks a shot and nails Kofi in the throat with a shot of his own. Styles then runs Kingston into the steel ring steps at ringside. Woods walks over but Omos gets in his face. Omos is staring at Woods as we head to commercial break.
As we return from the commercial break, AJ Styles quickly runs over Kingston to maintain the upper hand in the match up as once again Omos and Woods watch from their spots at ringside. Styles successfully grounds Kingston with a Headlock now. Next we watch on as Kingston begins to make a comeback as he lands a Dropkick. Kingston follows up with a big Leaping Right Hand. Kofi with the Boom Drop in the middle of the ring as fans cheer him on. Kingston stares down Omos and waits for Styles to get up in the corner back to his feet.
Styles turns around and Kofi goes for Trouble In Paradise but AJ nails him in mid-air with a big kick to the head. They both go down. Woods looks on worried now. They get up in opposite corners. AJ charges but Kofi kicks him in mid-air. Kofi slowly goes to the top but AJ cuts him off. AJ climbs up for the superplex but Kofi fights back. Kofi slams AJ to the mat. Kofi with a big splash from the second turnbuckle to AJ’s back. AJ kicks out at 2. Finally AJ applies the Calf Crusher on Kingston, but Kingston eventually makes his way over to get the bottom rope to break it up. They go back and forth some more in the center of the ring as we continue.
AJ focuses on the knee as Omos looks on and likes what he sees. AJ goes to the apron and waits for Kofi to get up. He goes to springboard in but Woods distracts him with Francesca. Omos walks over and stalks Woods at ringside. To finish the match, Styles springboards in with the Phenomenal Forearm but Kingston is able to evade and counter as he catches him with SOS for the pin to win.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
After the Match
Immediately following the match, we see Omos quickly enter the ring, but he’s a second too late! The music hits as Kingston and Woods make their way to the ramp as they continue to celebrate their win! A New Day chant breaks out as Omos stands with Styles inside the ring, looking on.
Next we head backstage where Kevin Patrick stops Sheamus. Patrick asks Sheamus why he accepted the challenge by WWE Champion Bobby Lashley after last night’s brutal No Holds Barred loss to Drew McIntyre. In response, Sheamus goes on about how tough he is and how he’s a fighter. He chalks up the fact that McIntyre helping him earlier with The Hurt Business to “respect”, but says he didn’t need Drew’s help or ask for it.
At this point, WWE United States Champion Riddle comes by on his scooter, shouting something to Sheamus. Sheamus ends up taking the scooter and decking Riddle in the gut with it, putting him down on the ground. Sheamus walks off on that note while Riddle rolls around in pain.
Drew McIntyre vs. Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin
At this point we go back to the ring as Drew McIntyre makes his way to the stage as his entrance theme sounds in the arena. McIntyre then begins making his way down the ramp for this 2-on-1 Handicap Match. The pyro goes off as we go back to commercial break.
As we return from the commercial break, we immediately head back to the ring as The Hurt Business members Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander make their way to the stage as their entrance theme sounds in the arena! Benjamin and Alexander then make their way down the ramp and enter the ring for this Handicap match with McIntyre. The referee signals for the bell. The bell ring and the match begins with Benjamin immediately tossing a shirt at McIntyre simply to disrespect him.
This causes McIntyre to head in on Benjamin as he powers him into the corner and proceeds to unload on Benjamin in the corner with a Big chop. Next we see McIntyre hit a Forearm that levels Shelton followed by a huge Slam to Shelton from the mat now.
Next we see McIntyre head to the opposing corner as he grabs Alexander on the apron outside of the ropes, and he yanks Cedric in from the apron and proceeds to slam him hard. McIntyre continues to unload on Cedric and delivers a big back-drop. Shelton goes behind and slams Drew on the mat, then grounds him. Shelton keeps control for a few until Drew overpowers to turn it around. Drew rams Shelton into the turnbuckle, and the other.
After that, McIntyre successfully whips Shelton hard across the ring but runs into an Elbow. Shelton fights back and into the opposite corner, working Drew over with right hands. Drew explodes out of the corner with a clothesline. Drew readies for a Claymore Kick but Cedric pulls Shelton to safety on the floor. Fans boo. Drew follows and rocks Shelton as Cedric backs off. Drew sends Shelton face-first into the ring post now. Drew lifts Shelton and drops him throat-first on top of the barrier as the referee counts. Drew brings it back in and rocks Shelton with a right hand.
Finally we see Alexander make the tag to enter the ring and eventually get the best of McIntyre after a successful Chop Block. Drew gets knocked out of the ring now. Cedric runs the ropes and nails a suicide dive. Cedric tags Shelton back in and they both go for Drew, launching him into the barrier at ringside. We go to commercial with The Hurt Business taunting Drew while he’s down as fans boo.
We return from commercial break to see Benjamin tag in as Alexander successfully Dropkicks the knee of McIntyre, then Shelton hits McIntyre with a Running Knee. Benjamin then tags in Alexander and together they hit a toss into a knee for a cover. McIntyre kicks out at the two-count. The Hurt Business make use of quick tags to keep McIntyre grounded. Benjamin lands strike after strike on McIntyre at this point, then switches into a Sleeper Hold. McIntyre powers Benjamin back and into the turnbuckles. At this point both men are on their knees trading strikes back and forth.
Finally they both fight their way back to their feet as each strike builds momentum in both competitors. At this point we notice that McIntyre is getting all fired-up as Alexander makes the tag and successfully tags in where he proceeds to land a Clothesline on McIntyre. Finally, McIntyre lands another Lariat and follows up with a Belly-to-Belly, then lastly, hits Benjamin with a Future Shock DDT before catching Alexander with a Flying Neck-breaker. McIntyre ends the match with a Claymore, to Shelton, then to Alexander as well. McIntyre gets the three count pin and win!
Winner: Drew McIntyre
After the Match
Immediately following the match -up commentary notes that with this victory, Drew McIntyre has earned the right to have Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin both banned from ringside at WrestleMania 37, where McIntyre when he challenges WWE Champion Bobby Lashley. Drew sits up and looks at the WrestleMania 37 sign as his music hits. We go to replays. Drew poses in the corner and looks up at the sign while yelling out.
As we head to break, we are informed that still to come, Elias battles Braun Strowman again, and Randy Orton will summon The Fiend.
Backstage – MVP with Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander
As we return from the commercial break we see MVP is talking to Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander backstage about how they attempted to “help” Bobby Lashley when he didn’t ask for it, then they couldn’t beat Drew McIntyre together.
At this point WWE Champion Bobby Lashley comes storming in to the room where Benjamin and Alexander are talking with MVP and Lashley immediately gets in their faces. Lashley says since they couldn’t get the job done against McIntyre, he’s going to find someone who can. Lashley walks over into the locker room where guys like Lucha House Party, Akira Tozawa, Drew Gulak, Ricochet and Humberto Carrillo are. Lashley offers a WWE Title shot to anyone who can take Drew out before WrestleMania 37 and on that note, he exits the locker room!
Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose vs. Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler
As we return to the ring inside the ThunderDome for the next match-up of the evening, out comes Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose as their entrance theme sounds. Lana and Naomi are on commentary. Out next are the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler with Reginald. Jax is still obsessed with Reginald it appears. The champs head to the ring for this non-title match. We see footage of Jax taking Reginald on a shopping trip two weeks ago.
Reginald is flipping all over the place tonight, impressing Jax. The bell hits and Rose attacks Baszler from behind for a pop. Rose rams Baszler back into the corner and unloads with shoulder thrusts. Rose scoops Baszler and slams her now. Brooke tags in and hits a modified moonsault on Baszler for a 2 count. Baszler counters and drops Brooke with a big backbreaker in the middle of the ring.
Jax is distracted by Reginald and doesn’t see Baszler trying to tag her. Baszler ends up applying the Kirifuda Clutch on Brooke but Rose breaks it up from behind with a dropkick to Baszler. Jax comes in but Brooke counter with an enziguri. Brooke with the springboard back elbow into the corner but Jax comes right out of the corner with a big clothesline.
Rose has words with Reginald at ringside. Reginald goes in the ring and jumps around some more, impressing Jax. Brooke counters a slam from Jax and takes her knee out from behind. Roe tags in and slams Jax on her face, then fights Baszler off. Rose with a knee to the face of Jax for a close 2 count. Rose stomps away while Jax is down. Baszler comes over and takes Rose out on the apron to prevent more offense. Reginald distracts Rose, allowing Baszler to level her with another clothesline at ringside. Jax goes on and drops Brooke with a big Samoan Drop for the three count pin to win.
Winners: Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax
After the Match
Immediately following the match, both Lana and Naomi proceed to yell about wanting their rematch for the titles. Reginald joins Jax and Baszler in the center of the ring to celebrate.
Backstage – Firefly Funhouse Playground – Alexa Bliss
As we head backstage where the Firefly Funhouse Playground is, we see Alexa Bliss on a swing. Alexa Bliss states that she knows Randy Orton wanted her out of his life but.. *singsong* she’s still here, and so is…. HE. Bliss continues on as she says, “you can’t always get what you want” then adds that tonight she would be careful about what Orton wishes for. With that, Bliss laughs some more and we go to commercial as she snaps to it and says “Let me in!” with the voice of The Fiend.
In-Ring – Ladies and Gentleman… Elias
As we enter the ring back from the break, we see that an injured Shane McMahon is in the ring with Elias and Jaxson Ryker. Elias is ready to perform. We are then sent into a video clip that shows how Shane suffered an injury while training before the Fastlane pay-per-view, and how Elias replaced Shane in the Fastlane match against Braun Strowman, which Strowman won.
Back in the ring we see that Shane, using one crutch, says a lot of people are upset over what happened or what didn’t happen at Fastlane, but no one is more upset than him because he would’ve wiped the floor with peanut brain Braun. Shane says he will face Braun as soon as he’s healed up.
Shane the continues on to state how Elias simply “didn’t get the job done” last night. As Elias attempts to speak up, Shane sternly tells him “not to interrupt”. Shane continues on to state that Elias didn’t have a lot of time to prepare for Braun so that’s why he’s getting a rematch tonight. Shane reveals they have written a song together called “Braun Is Stupid” and he calls on Elias to begin the song.
They then proceed to sing the song, (taking shots at Braun’s intelligence while Ryker nods his head). Fans immediately begin to “boo” them as they finish up with their song. While he might not have brains, he certainly has manners, as Brain Strowman makes his way out immediately following the last note of the song. We hear the entrance theme begin as Strowman is staring them down. Braun takes the mic and says they must think they’re funny. He doesn’t care if Shane has a peg leg because an ass whooping is coming his way. Braun also has a song for Elias, which he’s probably familiar with. It’s called “The Man Who Got These Hands.” Braun heads to the ring as we go back to commercial.
Braun Strowman vs. Elias
As we return from commercial break, we get a quick announcement about WrestleMania once again and then return to the ring where Braun Strowman is seething at the fact he cannot get his hands on Shane McMahon. Elias is in the opposite corner as the referee signals for the bell. The bell rings and this match-up is officially underway. Shane McMahon stands at ringside with his leg all wrapped up and a crutch under one arm as he watches the match intently. Ryker is in Elias’s corner at ringside as he watches the match as well. Elias looks prepared with his hands up as Strowman steps in towards him in the center of the ring.
Strowman beats Elias down in the corner again and steps on him. Strowman launches Elias across the ring and he goes down in the opposite corner. Strowman kicks Elias in the ribs as Shane cheers Elias on. Braun uses the middle rope on Elias while yelling out at Shane. Braun knocks Elias out to the floor near Shane. Braun follows and stares down Shane and Ryker as they back off. He works over Elias and rolls him back in as the referee counts.
Strowman comes back in but Elias nails a flying knee into the corner. Elias unloads on Braun in the corner now. Elias charges again but Braun hits a huge dropkick from the corner. Ryker gets on the apron but Strowman knocks him right back off. Strowman runs around the ring as train sound effects play for The Strowman Express. He knocks Ryker over the announce table, keeps running and then flattens Elias.
Strowman rolls Elias back into the ring. Elias tries to fight from the corner but Strowman decks him and hits the running powerslam for the pin to win.
Winner: Braun Strowman
After the Match
Immediately following the match, Braun Strowman stands tall as his music hits. We then see Shane McMahon hobble into the ring where he proceeds to slam his crutch across the back of Strowman but it does nothing. Strowman chases Shane and we see that Shane is able to run just fine with no injury. Strowman takes the mic and says it looks like Shane’s knee is fine now as he ran away with his tail tucked between his legs.
Strowman has had enough of Shane’s games. He will end this, he promises Shane. Braun asks if Shane is man enough to face him one-on-one. Braun says he wants Shane at WrestleMania 37. Braun points up at the sign as fans cheer. Braun hypes the match up some more as Shane looks on from the stage. Shane accepts and says any match Braun wants, he’s going to win because Braun is… stupid. Fans boo Shane as he heads to the back, taunting Braun.
Backstage – Randy Orton
We see Randy Orton walking backstage as we head back to commercial.
In-Ring – Randy Orton
As we return from commercial break, we see Randy Orton inside the ring where he takes the micrtophone and states that it seems like just yesterday when he watched “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt burn alive at WWE TLC, but apparently he didn’t get the job done because he smelled the same burnt flesh at Fastlane last night. Orton doesn’t know what he saw at Fastlane but he saw an abomination. So tonight he will finish the job After tonight there will be no more mind games, no more Alexa Bliss, no more Fiend. The bulls–t comes to an end tonight.
Alexa Bliss (w/ Jack-In-The-Box)
Suddenly the entrance music for Alexa Bliss sounds as she makes her way out with her jack-in-the-box with a pentagram on it. She says she warned Orton to be careful what he wished for. She winds the box up as Orton looks on. A creepy looking figure pops out of the box. The lights start going out in the ThunderDome. It’s all black in the arena now. The ring explodes with flames coming out of the ring posts.
The Fiend Enters
The Fiend is behind Orton as his familiar menacing sounds start up. Orton slowly turns around and stares at The Fiend from across the ring now. Orton drops to one knee and grabs the bag he brought to the ring with him. He pulls out a can of gasoline. The menacing sounds of The Fiend continue to play as he stares Orton down. Orton approaches The Fiend with the gas can, and pours some on him. Orton stops and starts pouring more gas on The Fiend, who just stands there without moving.
Orton wipes his hands clean and grabs a pack of matches. Orton approaches The Fiend and drops him with the RKO in the middle of the ring. The sounds stop. Orton yells out and stands back up as some fans boo. Bliss enters the ropes now but stops in her tracks as Orton stares her down. The Fiend is on his feet now. Orton turns around and charges but The Fiend applies the Mandible Claw. The Fiend manhandles Orton with the Mandible and then drops him with Sister Abigail in the middle of the ring. Bliss starts jumping around and laughing. Bliss points up at the WrestleMania 37 sign as flames start shooting up around it. The Fiend’s music plays as he yells out and poses with Bliss. We go to replays.
We come back from the replays and the commentary team officially announces Randy Orton vs. The Fiend for WrestleMania 37. The Fiend and Bliss continue posing in the middle of the ring as their music plays and the March 22nd, 2021 edition of WWE Monday Night RAW goes off the air.
**That’s all for the Monday, March 22, 2021 edition of WWE Monday Night RAW! Be sure to return on Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 for the latest results for IMPACT Wrestling! Thanks for letting me fill in for Mike Hogan, be sure to add me on Twitter at @JamieRush312. As always, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay awesome! RUSH OUT!**
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