April 27, 2020
Orlando, Florida (WWE Performance Center)
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, and Samoa Joe
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
Quick Match Results
- Rey Mysterio, Aleister Black, & Apollo Crews defeated Andrade, Angel Garza, & Austin Theory via sit out powerbomb by Crews on Andrade
- Bobby Lashley defeated Denzel DeJournette via spear
- Liv Morgan defeated Ruby Riott via Oblivion
- Jinder Mahal defeated Akira Tozawa via the Khallas
- Ricochet & Cedric Alexander defeated Ever-Rise via flatliner & missle dropkick combo on Parker
The commentators, including Samoa Joe replacing Jerry “The King” Lawler, run down the show for tonight.
In-Ring: MVP, Rey Mysterio, Aleister Black, Apollo Crews, Zelina Vega, Andrade, Angel Garza, Austin Theory
MVP is in the ring for the VIP Lounge. MVP says this is the only club still open in America. MVP talks about the unique version of the Money in the Bank Ladder Matches tonight. It will take place at WWE Headquarters. Competitors will start on the ground floor and fight to the roof, which is where the briefcase will be suspended above a ring. MVP will talk with the Raw competitors in the match.
Rey Mysterio is the first to make his entrance. Aleister Black is out next. MVP says Black doesn’t seem like the kind of guy to go to VIP Lounges, so he asks him not to break anything. Finally Apollo Crews is brought out. MVP says Crews is his pick to win it all. MVP asks them what it means to become Mr. Money in the Bank. Mysterio goes to speak, but MVP says he knows Mysterio well and will answer for him. Mysterio wants to add to his legacy and historic career. As for Black, it gives him an opportunity to catapult his star into a higher stratosphere. As for Crews, it pains MVP to say he beat him, but does Crews have what it takes to win Money in the Bank?
Crews goes to talk, but Andrade’s music cuts him off. It’s United States Champion Andrade, Angel Garza, Austin Theory, and Zelina Vega. Vega says no one cares about what Crews has to say or even the other two in the ring. The WWE Universe can’t get enough of Andrade, Garza, and Theory. Those three men are the future of Monday Night Raw. The three in the ring were once the future of WWE, but they can’t measure up to her guys.
They knock over the barricade to the VIP Lounge and get on the apron. Mysterio says he’s picking up a vibe that they want a fight. Mysterio, Black, and Crews clear the ring of Andrade, Garza, and Theory.
Rey Mysterio, Aleister Black, & Apollo Crews vs. Andrade, Angel Garza, & Austin Theory
It’ll be Aleister Black starting out against Angel Garza. They do some takedowns before Black gets him trapped in a hammerlock. Garza fights up and takes him down for a one count. Black reverses a whip and sweeps the feet. Black covers for a one count. Black catches Garza with an arm drag and locks in an arm bar. Apollo Crews tags in, but Garza chops him and tags Austin Theory in. Crews shoulder blocks Theory down and hits a delayed vertical suplex for a two count. Crews applies an arm bar, but Theory backs him to the corner. Theory whips him to the opposite corner, but Crews slingshots over him and dropkicks him down. Crews hits an arm drag and applies an arm bar. Rey Mysterio tags in and punches Theory. Mysterio has a whip to the corner reversed, but he counters with a head-scissor takeover into the corner for a two count. Theory knees Mysterio in the midsection and tags Garza in. They send Mysterio into the ropes, but he ducks a double clothesline. Mysterio quickly knocks them both into the ropes, but Andrade cuts off the 619. Mysterio sends Andrade into the ropes with a hurricanrana and goes for a 619, but Andrade gets out. Black and Crews then wipe them out with planchas!
We come back from the break to see Andrade kicking away at Black in the corner. Theory tags in and applies a chin lock before taking him down for a two count. Theory rips at the face and hits a back suplex for a two count. Garza tags in and knees Black in the ribs for a two count. Andrade tags in and grabs the arm before Theory tags in. Theory beats Black down and applies a front facelock. Theory transitions to the leg before lifting him up on his shoulders. Theory throws him to the corner, but Black catches himself and kicks Theory back. Black then hits a running roll-up for a two count. Black kicks Theory away, but Theory stops him from making a tag. Black then kicks him down.
Mysterio and Andrade tag in. Mysterio punches him before hitting a head-scissor takeover. Andrade drops him on the apron, but Mysterio shoulders him back. Mysterio hits a springboard seated senton. Andrade quickly goes for a sunset flip, but Mysterio rolls through and kicks him for a two count. Mysterio goes for a wheelbarrow bulldog, but Andrade slams him on his chest. Garza tags in and does a leapfrog, but Mysterio hits Andrade with a hurricanrana. Mysterio then hits Garza with a springboard cross-body block for a two count. Garza quickly kicks him down, rips off his pants, and slides him out of the ring chest first.
We come back from the break to see Garza dominating Mysterio. Garza knocks Black and Crews off the apron. Andrade tags in and takes Mysterio down. Mysterio soon kicks him in the face and goes for a springboard moonsault block, but Andrade catches him. Mysterio counters into a tornado DDT.
Crews and Theory are tagged in. Crews hits a pair of clotheslines before slamming Theory into the corner. Crews knocks Andrade off the apron before slamming Theory into the corner and shouldering him. Garza runs in and eats a spinebuster. Crews lifts Theory and slams him, but Andrade breaks up the pin. Theory quickly elbows Crews in the head and hits a fisherman’s suplex neckbreaker over his knee for a near fall. Theory quickly comes back and lifts. Andrade blind tags in. Crews slides off and hits the ropes, but Andrade pulls the top rope down. Black runs in and knees Theory in the face. Garza takes Black out, and Mysterio hits Garza with a springboard seated senton. Andrade knocks Mysterio out of the ring and gets Crews in the ring before elbowing him down for a near fall. Andrade sets up for a Hammerlock DDT, but Crews counters into a sit-out powerbomb for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Rey Mysterio, Aleister Black, and Apollo Crews
Videos: Triple H Highlights
Video Package: Triple H takes over DX the day after WrestleMania 14 in March 1998
Video Package: Triple H defeats Sting at WrestleMania 31
Video Package: Triple H defeats The Rock with help from Shawn Michaels in the first main event of SmackDown in August 1999
Video Package: Triple H gets caught red handed with Trish Stratus from July 2000
Backstage: Andrade, Zelina Vega, Apollo Crews
— WWE (@WWE) April 28, 2020
Andrade is flipping out on Zelina Vega backstage. Charly Caruso asks what happened out there. Andrade says he was let down. They walk off. Crews comes up and says they’re sore losers. Crews says he’ll prove he can beat Andrade two times in one night. Andrade walks up and shoves Crews. Crews slaps Andrade in the face. Vega says he’ll get a title shot tonight. Crews smiles broadly.
Triple Threat Match
Asuka vs. Nia Jax vs. Shayna Baszler
Asuka makes her entrance. She grabs a microphone and starts to scream about Nia Jax. Asuka feels back for Kairi Sane. Asuka says she tapped out Nia Jax and continues talking in Japanese.
Before the match begins, Baszler pulls Asuka out of the ring and slams her. Baszler then sends Asuka into a ladder set up. Nia Jax goes outside and pulls Baszler off. Jax attacks Asuka, but Baszler takes her out before clotheslining Asuka down on the floor. Baszler grabs a ladder and sets it up against the steel steps. Asuka reverses a whip on Baszler into the ladder. Asuka puts Baszler in the ring before Jax absolutely annihilates her with an avalanche on the floor!
Jax lifts up the ladder and throws it into the ring. Asuka and Baszler get up, so Jax runs them both over with the ladder. Jax holds the ladder up above her head and stands tall in the ring. This match never got started.
Bobby Lashley vs. Denzel DeJournette
Bobby Lashley is talking to Lana backstage. Lashley tells her to stay backstage because she’s a distraction. Lana is insulted, but Lashley says she’s so beautiful it distracts him. She looks pleased.
DeJournette goes for a waistlock, but Lashley gets out with a belly-to-belly overhead suplex. Lashley takes him down and slaps him. Lashley knees him in the face and puts him in the corner. Lashley hits the ropes, but DeJournette goes up and over. DeJournette slaps Lashley in the face, so Lashley soon kicks and clubs him down. Lashley hits a vicious suplex before hitting a one-armed slam. Lashley sets up in the corner and connects with a spear for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Bobby Lashley
Liv Morgan vs. Ruby Riott
Morgan starts off strong against Riott, but Riott soon gets the better of her. Morgan quickly sends her to the corner and hits an avalanche. Riott comes back with a Riott Kick for a near fall. Riott is stunned and tells Morgan to learn her place. Morgan quickly catches her with Oblivion (springboard flatliner) for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Liv Morgan
Byron Saxton asks if this is a new chapter for Liv Morgan. Morgan says she’s had a lot of chapters, but she’s still trying to figure out who she is and what that means. She’s confident she’ll figure it out.
Video Package: Triple H wins the 1997 King of the Ring Tournament
Backstage: Nia Jax
What can anyone do to stop @NiaJaxWWE?
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) April 28, 2020
Charly Caruso comes up and interviews Nia Jax about her actions tonight. Jax asks Caruso what she can do about her actions. There’s nothing Charly can do about it. Asuka can’t do anything about it. Shayna Baszler can’t do anything about it. No one can do anything about her actions. Jax screamed, “NOTHING,” and peaked the microphone.
Backstage: The Viking Raiders
The Viking Raiders says those that fail to learn from history are doomed. The Street Profits are a great tag team, but their shared history tells the truth. They won the NXT Tag Team Titles after they relinquished them. Profits won the Raw Tag Team Titles after they were injured and unable to compete. The Street Profits have never defeated them. Anytime they’ve risen to the top is because the Raiders weren’t around. Ivar says they may be in possession of the Raw Tag Team titles, but they know the truth. Erik says the truth is as long as the Viking Raiders are around, the Street Profits will only be second best. They dare the Street Profits to prove them wrong because they want the smoke.
Akira Tozawa vs. Jinder Mahal
They lock up, and Mahal immediately powers him down. Mahal connects with a big back suplex and throws him out of the ring. Mahal slams him into the LED apron cover before throwing him into the barricade. Mahal puts Tozawa into the ring and attacks. Mahal connects with a Samoan Drop and waits for Tozawa to get up. Mahal hits the Khallas for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Jinder Mahal
Backstage: Andrade, Zelina Vega, Angel Garza
United States Champion Andrade is backstage with Zelina Vega when Charly Caruso walks up. Vega says she’s not talking to Andrade, and they walk off. Angel Garza walks up and says he wants to get better acquainted with Charly Caruso and gives her a rose. She looks smitten.
United States Championship
Andrade (c) vs. Apollo Crews
They lock up and tussle around the ring for position. Crews presses him into the corner and gives a clean break. Andrade grabs the arm and wrenches it. Crews gets out and hits a shoulder block, but Andrade doesn’t go down. They shove each other before Crews dropkicks him down. Andrade rolls out of ring to recover. Crews attacks and puts him in the ring. Andrade attacks Crews and soon dropkicks him down. Crews goes for a moonsault to the floor, but tweaks his knee landing when Andrade moves. Andrade then takes him down with a clothesline.
We come back from the break to see Andrade knock Crews out of the ring. Crews holds his knee in pain. Andrade goes outside and kicks the leg a few times. Andrade gets him in the ring and continues to attack the leg. Crews avoids double knees in the corner and hits an olympic slam.
Crews runs wild on Andrade and press slams him before hitting a standing moonsault for a near fall. Andrade gets out of a suplex and hits a drop-toe-hold into the corner. Andrade hits double knees in the corner for a near fall. Crews goes for a pump kick, but Andrade avoids it. Crews avoids the Andrade elbow and goes for a press slam, but Andrade counters into a DDT for a near fall. Crews soon goes for his powerbomb, but Andrade counters into a roll-up for a near fall. Crews hits an enzuigiri and slams Andrade down for a near fall. Crews goes to the top rope, but Andrade cuts him off. Crews knocks him off the top rope and goes for a dive, but lands on his feet when Andrade moves. Crews’ knee buckles. The referee checks on Crews and keeps Andrade back. The referee calls the match off.
Winner by Referee Stoppage and still United States Champion: Andrade
Backstage: The Street Profits
Backstage, the Street Profits challenged the Viking Raiders to a Tag Team title match next week.
Ricochet & Cedric Alexander vs. Ever-Rise
Ricochet starts off against against one of the members of Ever-Rise. Alexander tags in, and they hit a neckbreaker over Alexander’s knee. Ricochet tags in, but he’s soon taken down by Martel. Parker tags in and knees Ricochet down. Ever-Rise dominates Ricochet for a bit until Alexander and Parker tag in. Alexander runs wild on them and hits a double-team move. Ricochet tags in as Alexander hits a tornado DDT. Ricochet hits a standing shooting star press, but Martel breaks it up. Martel pulls Alexander out of the ring, and Ricochet dropkicks him. Parker rolls Ricochet up for a two count. Ricochet superkicks Parker and tags Alexander in. They hit a flatliner/missile dropkick combo for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Ricochet and Cedric Alexander
Backstage: MVP, Shane Thorne, Brendan Vink
MVP appears on the screen and says he has a keen eye for talent. The NFL Draft got him thinking. It’s time to reintroduce a tag team to Raw. MVP is with Shane Thorne and Brendan Vink. MVP says Ricochet and Alexander got lucky last week. MVP says the rematch will be straight up BALLIN’.
Backstage: Apollo Crews
— WWE (@WWE) April 28, 2020
Apollo Crews is shown walking backstage on crutches with his knee all iced up. Crews looks like he’s crying. Charly Caruso comes up and says she’s so sorry he got injured. Crews is overcome with tears and can’t speak.
Videos: Triple H Highlights
Video Package: DX invades Monday Nitro from April 1998
Video Package: Triple H returns from a quadriceps injury at Madison Square Garden from January 2002
Contract Signing: Drew McIntyre, Seth Rollins
Jerry “The King” Lawler is in the ring. There is a table with the contract on it. Lawler talks about the Money in the Bank Ladder Match being at the WWE Headquarters. He then talks about the WWE Championship match.
Seth Rollins is introduced to the ring first. Rollins is dressed in a suit. WWE Champion Drew McIntyre is brought out next. McIntyre tells Lawler he knows how these things go and it’s definitely going in that direction. Lawler agrees and leaves. McIntyre sits down and just signs the contract. Rollins looks at the contract and thinks it over for a few before picking up the microphone. Rollins asks McIntyre if he thinks he really wants this. Rollins doesn’t want this, but he has to do this. Rollins started this and dropped McIntyre to get his attention and the WWE Championship where it needs to be. This isn’t about him. This isn’t about McIntyre. It’s bigger than them all. McIntyre will be a great champion someday. McIntyre is a fighter and an honorable man, but he’s not a leader. Rollins is a leader. Everywhere he’s gone in his career, he’s led and people have followed. Now more than ever, the WWE Universe needs someone they can turn to and guide them. Rollins can be the light in the darkness. Rollins suffered for that title. McIntyre doesn’t have to. Rollins doesn’t want McIntyre to suffer like he did. That championship is Rollins’ burden to carry, not McIntyre’s. Rollins doesn’t want to crush McIntyre’s dream, but it’s a sacrifice he’s willing to make for the greater good.
McIntyre says Rollins gave a passionate speech, but it’s clear Rollins is completely “full of shit.” McIntyre asks where his followers are. It’s not Rollins’ fault. The fans turned on him. It’s not Rollins’ fault. It never is. McIntyre doesn’t know what’s going on in Rollins’ warped brain, but he won’t let him win the title under any circumstances. McIntyre tells Rollins to shut his mouth and stop talking forever. No one wants to hear Rollins talk. McIntyre says Rollins has a unique talent to get his foot stuck in his mouth and put his head in his ass. Rollins jumped him a few weeks ago, but he didn’t finish the job. McIntyre tells him to go for the throat at Money in the Bank because he’s going for Rollins’. Rollins stands up and says at Money in the Bank, the big picture will become very clear. McIntyre will be better off for it. Rollins signs the contract.
Rollins tells McIntyre to have faith in him, but McIntyre slams him off the table and clears the ring. McIntyre hits a Glasgow Kiss and waits for him to get up. McIntyre counts down, but Murphy shows up out of nowhere and kicks him. Murphy attacks McIntyre and stomps him down in the corner. Rollins is surprised to see Murphy and embraces him. Murphy then throws Rollins aside before McIntyre hits Murphy with a Claymore Kick. Rollins retreats up the ramp.