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WWE Raw results, recap, ratings: Drew McIntyre holds open challenge, Mysterio’s family drama escalates

One night removed from the Clash of Champions pay-per-view, WWE returned to the ThunderDome inside Orlando’s Amway Center for Raw. While the show was light on story developments, there were some significant matches throughout the night, including three league fixtures on the schedule.

Drew McIntyre opened the show by launching an open challenge to anyone who still faces him for the championship. This would lead to a surprise return of a former NXT champion and an unsurprising win to keep the title for McIntyre. Also in line throughout the show were the Raw Women and 24/7 titles, neither of which changed hands in the ring, although the 24/7 belt changed three times during the show.

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Drew McIntyre launches an open challenge

The show opened with Ric Flair, The Big Show, Christian and Shawn Michaels making their entrance before welcoming WWE champion Drew McIntyre into the ring. McIntyre talked about his history with all four men before Randy Orton stopped the proceedings, saying he won̵

7;t end up with McIntyre until he is WWE champion. Apparently before leaving the building, Orton said he won’t have to beg for another title match, he’ll simply be given one because he’s Randy Orton, also saying he’d remind everyone there is a price to pay for crossing him. . . McIntyre later said, being surrounded by legends, he realized the kind of champion he wanted to be and issued an open challenge for later in the show to anyone who hadn’t yet defended themselves.

WWE Championship – Drew McIntyre (c) def. Robert Roode by pinfall after a Claymore to keep the title. Dolph Ziggler approached Adam Pearce early in the night to come up with an idea for a challenger. Before the game, Ziggler introduced Robert Roode as that man. Roode gave a nice challenge, but got some help from Ziggler, who got him out of the ring before McIntyre pulled Ziggler into the ring, ready to attack before Roode hit the champion with a cutting block. McIntyre went on to sell off his injured leg, providing openings for some Roode near falls – including hitting a Glorious DDT – before McIntyre eventually hit Claymore for the finish. After the game, just before the show aired, Randy Orton was disguised as a janitor backstage, removing a steel chair from his cart and wearing night vision goggles before sneaking into the “Legends Lounge” where Show, Flair , Christian and Michaels were playing poker. He turned off the lights and there were several strokes of the chair.

The opening segment with the legends was embarrassing and a little too playful, and the image of Orton wearing night vision goggles at the end of the night is meme fodder. Add to that a quite “blah” surprise opponent in Roode, and this wasn’t the strongest night for the segments involving the WWE champion. The game was fine, but it felt like a busy night as the feud between the champion and Orton dragged on. Grade: C.

Mysterio’s family drama escalates

The Mysterio family was interviewed in the ring by Jerry Lawler, talking about the family drama from last week. Aalyah Mysterio made it clear that she was mad at her father for calling her naive last week, but that Seth Rollins is a bad person and everyone around him is making bad choices. Rollins then appeared on the Titantron and showed direct messages between Aalyah and Murphy, whose phone Rollins had picked up earlier in the night. The messages were generally harmless, including Murphy offering to listen if Aalyah needed someone to talk to and she texting him a “happy birthday” message. But it was enough to send Dominik Mysterio on a rampage before he stormed backstage and got into a fight with Murphy to arrange the match later in the night.

Murphy def. Dominik Mysterio by pinfall with a schoolboy pin. Mysterio was furious as he walked into the ring and immediately took the fight to Murphy. The two continued to fight in and out of the ring before Mysterio looked under the ring and found a kendo stick. While trying to get into the ring, Aalyah came to the front row and begged Dominik to stop. With Dominik distracted, Murphy rolled it up for a pin. Dominik fired a few shots with the kendo stick before Aalyah intervened again. Dominik called her naive, saying their father was right before she slapped him and left.

The age difference between Aalyah and Murphy is an understandable sticking point for many people. It’s not entirely clear that this is actually a “romantic corner”, but it has all the early history beats of being one. Dominik continues to shine in the ring in the very early days of his career, but he and Aalyah sported some of the worst types of “acting in WWE” all night long. Those rough edges may eventually smooth out, but that’s a sweet spot in young Mysterios’ game right now. Grade: B-

What else happened on WWE Raw?

  • Raw Women’s Championship – Asuka (c) def. Zelina Vega through submission with the Asuka lock to keep the title. As in the case where the two met at Clash of Champions, Vega gave a vigorous effort, returning her attention to Asuka’s arm as she had done the night before. But Vega fell short when Asuka countered a moon shot in Asuka’s lock to reach the finish line and keep her title.

  • Keith Lee def. Andrade via pinfall after a spiritual bomb. After Vega’s match, Andrade stepped into the ring and ran over his former coach for dragging him down in the past. After Vega left, Andrade asked someone to come out and confront him, pulling Lee out. Lee did a relatively easy job with Andrade before hitting a spirit bomb for victory.

  • The 24/7 league swapped hands three times in under a minute. A ninja approached R-Truth backstage. He handed Truth a message from Akira Tozawa, stating that he had been eaten by a shark, as suggested last week. The ninja then gave Truth a black belt, Truth celebrated, and Tozawa crawled out from under a table to pin Truth and win the title. The first ninja then pinned Tozawa to win the title, revealing himself to be Drew Gulak. The truth then blocked Gulak to regain the title.

  • Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke def. Lana and Natalya via pinfall when Rose hit Lana with a leaping knee. Lana and Natalya said they should have received the female tag titles after Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax were unable to defend at Clash of Champions. Adam Pearce said no such thing would happen, but the duo could earn their way to a title shot by taking on the new tag team on Raw: Rose and Brooke.

  • Kevin Owens def. Aleister Black through disqualification. Before the match, Black cut a backstage promo blaming Owens for not being there for him when his eye was hurt by Murphy and Rollins. The match itself was an all-out brawl between the two before Black accidentally hit the referee, drawing the disqualification. Owens hit an angry black with a stunner after the decision was announced.

  • Championship 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – R-Truth (c) def. Drew Gulak and Akira Tozawa via pinfall after hitting an AA on Gulak on Tozawa. After the quick title changes earlier in the night, a triple threat was held, with Truth keeping the belts in the game that was more fun than most “real” games for the 24/7 belt.

  • Apollo Crews, Ricochet and Mustafa Ali def. The Hurt Business via pinfall after Ali reached MVP with a 450 splash. At the start of the match, the lights flashed and the Retribution logo appeared on the ThunderDome screens, but nothing came out and the match continued until Ali took the big win.

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