Clash of Champions is Sunday and Monday Night RAW still has some loose ends to tie up. Tonight we will find out the opponents for the Street Profits and the RAW Tag Team titles as well as who will face Asuka for her RAW Women’s title. There’s still a chance Keith Lee could be inserted into the WWE championship match. And simmering in the background is the Hurt Business and their fight against Retribution. On to the the ThunderDome.
Right from the start, something is off with the WWE broadcast. The “Then, Now, Forever” intro glitches out. We cut to Retribution storming the ring. They all have now been signed to WWE contracts, because why not sign the people that have been vandalizing your show for the last month. It looks like they spent their signing bonuses on knock off Bane cosplay. It is easy to tell who some of the members are. There’s Mia Yim, Dio Madden, and Dominic Dijakovic.
The Hurt Business walks out stage, calmly takes off their jackets, and head to the ring. Retribution scatters. MVP says they have no heart and they aren’t tough unless they have weapons. MVP is giving them an opportunity to take on the Hurt Business. Retribution rallies more troops and vastly outnumber their opponents. Lashley, Cedric Alexander, Shelton Benjamin and MVP can’t overcome the numbers and take a beating.
Rey Mysterio tells Sarah Schreiber that it is on honor to watch his son follow in his footsteps.
The RAW Tag Team Champions, the Street Profits join the commentary table for the next match.
Andrade and Angel Garza vs. Dominik Mysterio and Humberto Carrillo vs. Seth Rollins and Murphy – Number One Contenders Triple Threat Match
Murphy and Dominic lock up as Andrade watches from the floor. Murphy throw the ropes and Andrade attacks Mysterio from behind. Carrillo tags in and Andrade takes a break on the ropes. Carrillo is able to clear the ring. Dominik tags in, taking out Murphy on the floor from the top turnbuckle as Carrillo hits a suicide dive on Andrade. Murphy tosses Garza out of the ring, taking out Dominik in the process. Andrade tags in and hits Murphy with a back fist but then gets caught with a running knee. Both men are down, but Rollins has seen enough. The Monday Night Messiah walks off, talking about more important things he has going on. Andrade with a back elbow to Murphy. Garza tags in and hits the Wing Clipper. He covers Murphy and gets the win.
Winners via pinfall: Angel Garza and Andrade
Shane McMahon is ready for RAW Underground, in fact, he’s going go promote the show.
Retribution is back to cutting promos. They tell the Hurt Business that they could have been part of the solution, but now they are the problem. They will face the Hurt Business in a match.
The Kevin Owens Show
Shane never thought he would ever invite Shane McMahon on the show, but we all know 2020 has been a strange year. Kevin tells Shane that their past is all water under the bridge, tonight is about Shane doing what he does best; promoting. Shane hypes up Dabba-Kato versus Brawn Strowman in the Underground. Shane brings out Kato, who Owens “met” a few weeks ago in the Underground. KO was planning on Shane bringing Kato out. He tells Kato that they will fight at some point and slaps the big man across the face. Owens then brings out Strowman, as Shane holds Kato back. Shane steps between the two, telling them the fight will only happen in the Underground. Out of nowhere, Aleister Black attacks Owens from behind. He yanks him out of the ring, wrapping his legs around the ring post and then crotching him. Owens is left laying on the floor.
Charly Caruso stops Drew McIntyre backstage, wanting to know if there are any concerns about competing with the broken jaw. He is concerned and then calls what happened with Keith Lee, just business.
The members of Retribution are backstage beating up RAW talents.
Keith Lee vs. Drew McIntyre
If Lee can win, he will be added to the WWE Championship match at Clash of Champions. Maybe? It all depends if Randy Orton can compete. It’s confusing. Lee dodges and early attempt at a Claymore kick. Lee crashes into McIntyre, sending him over the top rope to the floor. The two trade shots in front of the announce table. McIntyre picks Lee up, driving him through the announce table. We go to commercial.
After the break, Lee connects with a clothesline and then splashes him in the corner. McIntyre tries to get Lee up, but just can’t quite do it. Lee with a forearm smash and may have caught Drew in the jaw. Lee picks McIntyre up, but Drew fights out of the Spirit Bomb. Lee runs into a spine buster and McIntyre makes a jackknife cover. Lee kicks out and then fights off a DDT. McIntyre runs into a slam. Lee goes for the Spirit Bomb, but Drew escapes and answers with a Claymore Kick. Out of nowhere, Randy Orton smashes a chair over McIntyre’s back. The ref calls for the bell.
Winner via disqualification: Drew McIntyre
Orton drives the chair into McIntyre’s jaw and then punts Keith Lee in the head. Orton berates the WWE Universe for doubting him. He is the one constant in the locker room. He has never walked away from a title match opportunity and doesn’t plan on doing that any time soon. At Clash of Champions, though, this isn’t a normal match. Orton approaches the ambulance, talking about his experience a few weeks ago after getting Claymored three times. No he knows what it feels like when people get punted in the skull. Orton now remembers what it takes to become WWE champion.
Sarah Schreiber is backstage to interview RAW Women’s Champion, Asuka, but is interrupted by Billie Kay, who points out that Asuka will take on any challengers. Peyton Royce wants a shot. Her and Billie are still friends, even though they aren’t a tag team. Asuka reminds Royce that no one is ready for Asuka.
Zelina Vega vs. Mickie James – Number One Contender Match
Before the match, Mickie says she did not give up last week and Zelina better be ready for her. Vega kicks James into the corner. James slams Vega to the mat by her hair. James with a kick to the face. Vega shoots off the ropes and is able to lock in the octopus hold. James backs into the corner to break the hold. Vega counters a powerbomb into a rana, getting a near fall. James with a clothesline and a roundhouse kick. She takes down Vega with a flapjack and goes up top. She connects with a seated senton, but Vega kicks out of the pin. Vega blocks the Mick-ST, sending James hard into the ropes. Vega with a backstabber and covers to get the three count.
Winner via pinfall: Zelina Vega
Backstage, the Hurt Business is beating up on Retribution cannon fodder.
Earlier today, Akira Tozawa was waiting for R Truth in the ocean. It was a good plan, as Truth showed up with Little Jimmy and his 24/7 title, but there was something in the water. SHARK! Truth dropped his belt as he ran to safety. He returned, but the shark was still hanging around. Truth got his title back and found the remain of Akira’s robe. Truth still has his championship.
Cedric Alexander w/MVP vs. Apollo Crews w/Ricochet
Before the match, MVP delivers a message to Retribution. They will face the Hurt Business in a six man tag. Cedric and Apollo exchange words before the match.
Cedric retreats to the floor to start the match and confer with MVP. Crews blindside Alexander with a baseball slide.
After an early break, Alexander is in control with a knee to the mid-section. Cedric pounds on Crews on the mat. Apollo catches Cedric with an enziguri and hits a cross body. He drives Alexander into the corner, driving shoulders into him and finsihes with a splash. He hits a Samoan drop, but Alexander kicks out. Cedric dodges a moonsault and takes out Apollo with a dive. Alexander trash talks Ricochet, but the lack of focus allows Apollo to roll up Cedric and get the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Apollo Crews
On the ramp Crews and Ricochet stop in their tracks at the sound of the Hurt Business music. Alexander attacks from behind as Shelton Benjamin and Lashley join in on the beating.
It’s 10 o’clock, do you know where your superstars are?
They’re in the RAW Underground. Dolph Ziggler is getting beat by some dude, but is able to counter an arm bar. Ziggler breaks out of a knee bar and hooks in a sleeper hold. The random dude passes out. Dolph wins.
There’s a ringside reporter now. Brianna Brandy makes her debut by getting yelled out by Brawn Strowman. He even challenges Shane to a fight.
Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring with papers in hand. After beating Dominik Mysterio in a cage last week he thought he was done with them, but he was inspired to dig deeper into something. After seeing photos of the Mysterio family on WWE.com, Seth had a revelation. He shows us a picture of the four Mysterio’s. He’s insinuating that Dominik isn’t Rey’s son. Seth has the results of an investigation he commissioned, but wants the Mysterio family to come out first. Let me guess? It’s a DNA test and Rey isn’t Dominik’s father. Yup, nailed it! Seth is quite pleased with himself, even though Rey isn’t buying it.
Seth flips the script though, maybe Aalyah isn’t his daughter. He has concrete evidence, rolling footage from last week, as Aalyah checks on Murphy. Seth claims a Mysterio wouldn’t do that. Rey tells Seth to keep away from his caring, compassionate daughter. Rey calls her naïve. which she doesn’t like and walks off to the back. He mom follows and so does Rey. Seth apologizes for driving a wedge between the family and leaves the ring.
Lana and Natalya vs. Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax – Non-Title Match
The Riott Squad join the announce team and barely have a chance to say they are on the same page before Lana taps out to the Kirifuda Clutch.
Winner via submission: Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax
After the match, Nia and Shayna face off with Liv and Ruby. Lana makes the mistake of just being on the floor. Jax puts her through the announce table with a Samoan drop, again. Just like last week.
Drew McIntyre is in the trainer room, icing his jaw. He says he will defend his title and beat Randy Orton, but now he is going to pick a fight.
Backstage, there is Mysterio family drama. Aalyah walks away from her family.
In the Underground, Riddick Moss and Erik are going at it. With Ivar out, he needs to do something. Moss beats him, so much for that.
Dabbo-Kato is going to make Strowman feel what he is all about.
Asuka vs. Peyton Royce w/Billie Kay – Non-Title Match
It’s nice to see that Peyton and Billie and still friends. Peyton with a widow’s peak and gets a near fall. She then avoids the Asuka Lock, nearly countering into a pin. The two go up to the top turnbuckle. Asuka kicks Peyton to the mat and applies the Asuka Lock. Zelina Vega runs in, attacking Asuka. The ref calls for the bell.
Winner via disqualification: Asuka
Backstage, Murphy apologizes to Aalyah if has does anything to hurt her.
Dabba-Kato and Brawn Strowman are finally going at each other in the Underground. Brawn lands a punch and takes him down with another right. He pounces on Kato and Shane calls him the winner.
Retribution (Slapjack, T-Bar and Mace) vs. The Hurt Business
Oh, man, I thought Retribution’s outfits were bad; I can’t even with these names. Bobby Lashley tosses one member across the ring. Mace (Dio Madden) tags in, only to get pummeled by Lashley. T-Bar (Dijakovic) tags in and is able to fight Lashley. Cedric tags in and gets beaten down by T-Bar. Slapjack (?????) tags in, putting the boots to Cedric. T-Bar is back in, working over Cedric in the corner. Alexander bounces off the ropes and hits the Nueralizer kick. He gets the tag to Benjamin. Mace distracts Shelton, allowing T-Bar to take him down. The two team up for a vertical suplex on Benjamin.
Mace and Benjamin trade shots in the middle of the ring. Slapjack takes a cheap shot at Alexander, only to get back dropped by Benjamin. This allows Lashley to tag in. He drives Slappy into the mat and locks in the Hurt Lock. T-Bar with a cheap shot to break the hold. The ref calls for the bell as the Retribution foot soldiers hit the ring.
Winners via disqualification: The Hurt Business
See you in a week in the ThunderDome!
Monday Night RAW 9/21/2020
WWE ThunderDome at Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Monday Night RAW does some backsliding tonight heading into Clash of Champions. Retribution finally made their official debut and it went over like a lead balloon. I don’t know what is worse, their outfits or their names. T-Bar, Mac and Slapjack. Although having them feud with the Hurt Business is a good thing. The Drew McIntyre, Randy Orton, Keith Lee stuff is great. I still don’t care about RAW Underground. Shane is literally running a poor man’s UFC. And he isn’t poor.