June 15, 2020
Orlando, Florida (WWE Performance Center)
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, and Samoa Joe
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
Quick Match Results
- Kevin Owens defeated Angel Garza via Stunner
- The Viking Raiders & The Street Profits defeated Akira Tozawa & Ninjas via stereo splashes by Ford and Ivar on ninjas
- The IIconics defeated Liv Morgan & Natalya via Fall From Grace on Morgan
- Apollo Crews defeated Shelton Benjamin via roll up
- WWE Championship – Tag Team Match: Drew McIntyre (c) & R-Truth defeated Bobby Lashley & MVP via splash by R-Truth on MVP
- Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka (c) defeated Nia Jax via roll up
- Unsanctioned Match: Randy Orton defeated Christian via punt
In-Ring: Randy Orton, Christian
Randy Orton makes his way to the ring. The commentators state that Edge tore his triceps last night. Orton says last night at WWE Backlash, he did exactly what he said he was going to do. He embarrassed and humiliated Edge. He wrote the final chapter in Edge’s story of redemption. Orton also gave him closure. He knew when he saw Edge in January at the Royal Rumble when he returned to the ring that he knew he would never be the competitor he was back in the day. All Edge needed to do was let Orton help him, but he was stubborn and resisted. All he needed to do was trust Orton just like Orton trusted him years ago when Edge saved him from his own self-destruction. At WrestleMania, he wasn’t the last man standing, but he stands here victorious after the greatest wrestling match ever. That makes him the greatest wrestler ever, and he doesn’t need a WWE Title to prove it.
Orton does need to thank Edge for reigniting the fire in his gut. Edge helped him remember what it’s like to be the Legend Killer. Orton wishes Edge was here so he could thank him. Orton knows why Edge isn’t here. It’s not just because he Punted his skull. Orton also tore Edge’s triceps clean off the bone. Orton knew when it happened and could have ended it, but he wanted to keep going and make Edge suffer so he could send Edge back home to be a husband and father to Lyric, Ruby, and Beth. Edge is in some god forsaken hospital on an operating table while a team of doctors try to surgically reattach that muscle to the bone. Edge has another mountain to climb. Orton hopes he reaches the peak of that mountain. Orton hears Edge will be clear in July… July of 2029. Hopefully their paths cross again in nine years.
Christian’s music hits! Christian asks what kind of man Orton is. Orton thinks he’s a Legend Killer, but Christian thinks he’s cold, calculating, and a son of a bitch. Orton laughs. Christian says Orton is wrong about Edge’s career being over. Edge has never quit and won’t quit now. Orton doesn’t have a say on when it’s over. Edge will get his closure on his terms, not Orton’s. Orton cannot believe Christian came down the ramp to interrupt him. This isn’t about Christian. It’s about him and Edge. Christian is nothing more than jealous of his friend. Orton sees the look in Christian’s eye. Orton knows what Christian wants. Christian wants one more match. Christian and Edge are the same. Christian cannot accept the fact that this was taken from him before he was ready to say goodbye. Christian isn’t medically cleared to compete, but Orton has a way around that. Orton suggests they fight tonight in an unsanctioned match. Christian thinks about it. Orton says the offer expires by the end of the night. If he doesn’t accept, it proves what everyone knows: Christian is nothing more than a coward.
Backstage: Angel Garza, Zelina Vega, Andrade
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 16, 2020
Charly Caruso is backstage with Angel Garza and Zelina Vega. Kevin Owens interfered to stop Garza from getting involved in the United States Championship match on the Backlash Kickoff Show. Andrade and Garza argued after. Caruso asks about the incident. Vega starts to talk, but Garza takes it. Garza can only imagine the heartbreak of Andrade. He feels for him, but they feel for Kevin Owens. Angel Garza will prove that Owens is inferior. Garza then asks Caruso to interview him after the match. Andrade walks up and says he hopes Garza beats Owens, but if he doesn’t, he hopes he can get over the disappointment.
Kevin Owens vs. Angel Garza
The bell rings, and Garza immediately goes after the knee, but Owens avoids it. Owens sends him to the corner and clubs him. Andrade’s music hits, and he walks out to the ringside area. Owens continues to punch away at Garza and chops the chest. Garza turns him around and punches him. Owens grabs the waistlock, but Garza turns it. Owens rips Garza’s pants off and throws them in his face. Owens goes for a Stunner, but Garza gets out of the ring. Garza snaps Owens off the top rope and goes to bounce him off the turnbuckle, but Owens blocks it. Garza nearly falls into Andrade. They start to argue. Zelina Vega says she is sick of this and walks off.
We come back from the break to see Garza take Owens down in the corner. Owens avoids a Bronco Buster and chops the chest. Owens goes for a cannonball, but stops when Garza moves. Garza kicks Owens in the head and goes to the top rope for a missile dropkick. Garza picks up a two count. Andrade is watching closely at ringside. Garza applies a submission to the knee, but Owens gets to the bottom rope. Owens hits the ropes, but Andrade grabs the ankle. Andrade gets on the apron, but the referee yells at him. Owens all of a sudden hits Garza with a Stunner for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Kevin Owens
Zelina Vega angrily returns to ringside and gets in the ring. Andrade and Garza are arguing in the ring. Vega tells them they both want the same thing and need to stop fighting against each other. They need to fight together. Vega walks off with Garza and Andrade in tow.
Backstage: Bobby Lashley, MVP
Video Package: Drew McIntyre defeats Bobby Lashley at Backlash to retain the WWE Championship
MVP is talking with Bobby Lashley. MVP says Lashley will have everything he’s promised him. Sarah Schreiber comes up, but MVP is angry she interrupted them. Lashley says they’re in the middle of a strategic conversation about their tag team match against R-Truth and McIntyre. MVP says after waiting for 13 years for a WWE Championship opportunity, due to circumstances outside of Lashley’s control, he lost that opportunity. They’re going to address that now.
In-Ring: Bobby Lashley, Lana, MVP
Bobby Lashley and MVP make their way to the ring. MVP says Lana is selfish and just wanted to catch her husband’s eye last night. It’s completely Lana’s fault that Lashley is not the WWE Champion. If Drew McIntyre had any integrity, he’d have given Lashley a rematch on the spot. Instead he’s hiding behind another man’s wife.
Lana comes out and says it was Lashley’s stupid idea to banish her from ringside. She would never do anything to hurt him. To be honest, she does everything for her Bobby. She put his career over his. She colored her hair brown and got a divorce for him. All the blessings and prosperity came to him because of her. All the problems happened when MVP showed up. MVP calls her a “thot” and says she’s the problem. The whole world doesn’t revolve around her. Lana warns him not to talk to her like that. MVP is a snake and got into this relationship to manipulate Lashley. MVP says before he showed up, Lashley hadn’t been around the WWE Championship. Lana tells him to lower his tone and show respect. MVP is the problem. They were on a hot streak…
Lashley asks when’s the last time she laced up a pair of boots or won anything other than likes on social media. He had an opportunity at the title against a lesser man, but she couldn’t follow instructions. Lashley is tired of having his life on social media and even used their sex life to get attention. Lana says if she wanted to broadcast their sex lives and get famous, she’d have slept with someone more famous like Drew. Lashley says he wants a divorce and walks off with MVP. Lana looks stunned.
The Viking Raiders & The Street Profits vs. Akira Tozawa & Ninjas
Video Package: Street Profits vs. Viking Raiders in an “Anything you can do, I can do better” rivalry
Sarah Schreiber is at ringside with The Street Profits and The Viking Raiders. Can they ever settle this tie? Montez Ford says they had a common enemy last night against ninjas. Whenever the WWE Universe is in trouble, they assemble. They all join hands and says, “Viking Profits.” Akira Tozawa shows up with his ninjas. Tozawa says, “Sequel!” Angelo Dawkins says there won’t be a sequel, but they’ll throw down anytime. Tozawa thinks about it and calls over the really tall ninja. Erik wants to go after him, but they hold him back. Ford says he has an idea.
The Viking Raiders and Street Profits run wild on three of Tozawa’s ninjas, doing lots of tandem offense and finishing with stereo splashes from Ford and Ivar for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Viking Raiders and The Street Profits
Tozawa gets in the ring with his big ninja. The Viking Raiders and Street Profits huddle and put their arms up. The Big Show makes his way to the ring. Big Show easily swats away the smaller ninjas. Big Show hits a big Chokeslam to one of them and hits another with a KO Punch. Tozawa and his big ninja leave. Big Show stands tall with the Raiders and Profits.
Backstage: Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins is walking around backstage looking speculative. Charly Caruso asks about Dominik Mysterio saying he would be on Raw tonight. Rollins says Dominik will be here tonight, but no one has seen him. Rollins says Dominik is here. He can sense his presence. Rollins wants and needs Dominik here. Rollins is going to the ring to deliver a message to Dominik and his father, a living legend in Rey Mysterio.
Christian is backstage talking on the phone about how he doesn’t know what he’s going to do about facing Randy Orton yet.
In-Ring: Seth Rollins, Rey Mysterio, Dominik
Seth Rollins makes his entrance. Rollins mentions last week he just wanted to have a conversation with Rey Mysterio to clear the air surrounding this situation. The facts are Mysterio is a hero and sacrificed himself for the greater good of Monday Night Raw. Sadly, Rey Mysterio declined his invitation. He took the coward’s way out and didn’t want to have a conversation. Fortunately, his son Dominik took it upon himself to come to Raw on behalf of the Mysterio family.
Rey Mysterio shows up on the titantron. Rollins says it’s great to see him and asks if he’s ok. Mysterio says he didn’t know Dominik was on his way to Raw until it was too late. Mysterio knows what Rollins is capable of. This is his one warning. Rollins says he doesn’t want to hurt Dominik. Rollins wants to help Dominik. Mysterio sacrificed himself for the future of Raw. Whether he likes it or not, Dominik is part of the future. Rollins needs Mysterio to do his fatherly duties and wants him to help Dominik. Rollins implores Mysterio to have Dominik join him, Murphy, and Theory to fight for the greater good. Mysterio says Rollins is loco. Dominik will never join Rollins. Rollins says if that’s not the case, Mysterio is leaving him with very few options. Murphy and Theory are looking for Dominik and will find him. He must be part of the solution, not the problem. If he’s part of the problem, Dominik will be sacrificed. Mysterio says if Rollins or any of his goons touch Dominik, he will end him. Rollins says he’s heard Mysterio loud and clear. An eye for an eye… that’s what Dominik said. Fortunately for Dominik, Mysterio doesn’t make the decisions for him. Dominik is an adult and gets to make his own choices. Dominik has two roads to take: stand by Rollins fighting for the greater good or he can make the choice Mysterio made and become a sacrifice. Either way he thanks Mysterio…
Dominik attacks Rollins from behind! Dominik sends Rollins hard into the ring steps. Murphy and Austin Theory run down to the ring. Dominik avoids them and gets in the ring. Dominik sidesteps Murphy and jumps over Theory. Dominik finds an opening in the plexiglass and runs off through the crowd. Rollins is furious!
Backstage: Bobby Lashley, MVP, R-Truth, Drew McIntyre
Bobby Lashley and MVP are talking backstage. WWE 24/7 Champion R-Truth walks up to them. R-Truth wants to give his con… condominiums… Condoleezza… he knows Lashley got sent to Claymore Country and must be jet lagged. Now he’s getting divorced. That’s a raw deal. Lashley says R-Truth is trying to make jokes at his expense. R-Truth can back it up. He’s teaming with the WWE Champion. Lashley says that’s later, but he doesn’t see McIntyre anywhere. R-Truth walks off.
After commercials, Bobby Lashley and MVP are looking for R-Truth. R-Truth comes out from under a practice ring, and WWE Champion Drew McIntyre shows up with him. MVP says McIntyre should give Lashley a rematch based on what happened. If he’s so tough, tonight’s tag match should be a Winner Take All Championship Match. R-Truth agrees! McIntyre tells R-Truth to be quiet. Lashley goads McIntyre into accepting!
Liv Morgan & Natalya vs. The IIconics
Natalya starts it off, but The IIconics soon take her down with some misdirection. Billie Kay applies a chin lock, but Natalya fights up. Kay hits a suplex and poses. Kay drops an elbow for a two count. Kay talks trash to Liv Morgan and slaps her. Natalya rolls Kay up for a two count. Morgan tags in and takes The IIconics down. Morgan goes to the corner, waits for a while, and Kay finally runs over and takes a back elbow. Peyton Royce breaks up the pin. Royce throws Natalya out of the ring. Morgan rolls Kay up, but the referee is distracted. The IIconics hit the Fall From Grace (Magic Killer) for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The IIconics
The IIconics call out Sasha Banks and Bayley. This is what happens when they fight one tag team, not two. They challenge them to a title match here on Raw. Banks and Bayley don’t come out. They challenge them to a title match next week.
Backstage: Christian, The Big Show
The Big Show is backstage with Christian. Show says he’s not trying to tell Christian what to do, but it’s been a while since he’s been in the ring. Show can’t remember the last time he saw Orton this sinister. Christian either understands this is a situation where he needs to step back or he goes into the ring and shuts Orton’s mouth. Show would erase the snarky smile off his face. Christian says he knows what he has to do and walks off.
Backstage: Liv Morgan, Natalya, Lana
Natalya is yelling at Liv Morgan and saying she made rookie mistakes. Morgan walks off. Natalya says she built this division for a bunch of ingrates. Lana shows up and says she knows how she feels. She’s supposed to be married to the WWE Champion and instead she was humiliated. Natalya knows exactly what she means.
Christian is pacing on the stage when Charly Caruso comes out. Christian says Randy Orton accused him of being jealous of Edge. Christian is proud of his WWE career and everything he accomplished… but he won’t be disrespected. Orton wants to give him one more match… Christian removes his jacket and accepts!
Backstage: Apollo Crews, MVP
United States Champion Apollo Crews is warming up. MVP walks up to him and says he can help Crews stay the longest reigning US Champion. Crews declines his offer. MVP says the only way he keeps the title is with him in his corner.
Backstage: Ric Flair, Charlotte Flair
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 16, 2020
Ric Flair is backstage with his daughter, Charlotte Flair. Ric wants to know who is getting under his daughter’s skin. Charlotte says a lot of people get under her skin, but she does what she wants.
Apollo Crews vs. Shelton Benjamin
In a pre-match promo, Benjamin says Crews should have taken MVP’s advice. If he beats Crews, he’ll need MVP to keep him away.
Crews quickly avalanches Benjamin in the corner, but Benjamin quickly comes back with a German Suplex. MVP is watching backstage. Benjamin his a running knee in the corner before applying a chin lock. Crews fights up, and they trade punches. Benjamin knees Crews in the midsection, but Crews quickly gives him a back elbow. Crews ducks a kick and drops Benjamin with a step-up enzuigiri. Crews hits a standing moonsault for a near fall. Crews presses Benjamin up, but he slides off and rolls Crews up with his feet on the ropes. The referee catches Benjamin. Crews rolls Benjamin up and grabs the ropes to pick up the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Apollo Crews
Backstage: R-Truth, Akira Tozawa, Ninjas, Drew McIntyre
R-Truth is warming up backstage when Akira Tozawa and his ninjas walk up. One is in a referee shirt. R-Truth gets into a karate pose. WWE Champion Drew McIntyre walks up behind him, which makes Tozawa and the ninjas go away. McIntyre says R-Truth needs to be serious. He just put his life’s work on the line. McIntyre says they could lose everything. R-Truth calmly says he understands and knows what to do.
Charly Caruso interviews Raw Women’s Champion Asuka. Asuka shouts in Japanese before saying Nia Jax started this fight and she will end it.
Backstage: Drew McIntyre, R-Truth
— WWE (@WWE) June 16, 2020
WWE Champion Drew McIntyre is pacing backstage when R-Truth walks up. R-Truth says he got his title taken out of the match so only the WWE Championship is on the line. McIntyre is not happy about that. R-Truth says McIntyre needs to believe in him.
Backstage: Street Profits, Viking Raiders, Big Show
The Street Profits and The Viking Raiders are wondering what they’re going to do next. Big Show walks up and says he appreciates the merch, but he knows how to settle this rivalry once and for all. The Profits are the Raw Tag Team Champions and The Raiders are the former champions. Next Monday, they put the titles on the line with this being the tiebreaker. Big Show adds a little different rhythm to “We want the smoke,” and they all get into it.
WWE Championship – Tag Team Match
Drew McIntyre (c) & R-Truth vs. Bobby Lashley & MVP
Only Drew McIntyre’s WWE Championship will be on the line in this match.
The bell rings, and it’ll be Drew McIntyre starting against Bobby Lashley. R-Truth initially wanted to start it off, but McIntyre convinced him to get to the apron. McIntyre and Lashley lock up before McIntyre powers him to the corner. Lashley gets in his face, and they start trading punches. McIntyre sends Lashley to the corner, but Lashley pops out. Lashley hits the ropes, but McIntyre gives him a Glasgow Kiss before clotheslining him down. Lashley quickly hits a throat shot before beating him down in the corner. Lashley hits a running shoulder in the corner before tagging in MVP. They send McIntyre into the ropes, but McIntyre kicks MVP and gives Lashley a spinebuster. McIntyre clotheslines MVP in the corner before clotheslining Lashley out of the ring.
R-Truth blind tags in, and McIntyre cannot believe it. MVP gives R-Truth an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. McIntyre looks stunned. Lashley tags in and sends R-Truth into the barricade.
We come back from the break to see Lashley dominating R-Truth in the corner and stomping away at him before hitting a running shoulder. McIntyre looks really worried. MVP tags in and hits a running big boot in the corner for a near fall. R-Truth soon splits under a big boot and kicks MVP down. R-Truth sits up and tags McIntyre in. Lashley also tags in.
McIntyre clotheslines Lashley twice before hitting a belly-to-belly overhead suplex. McIntyre tries for a Future Shock DDT, but Lashley elbows him. MVP tags in while Lashley takes a belly-to-belly suplex. MVP looks scared. McIntyre knocks him off the apron and sends him into the barricade. McIntyre hits a diving clothesline before kipping up. McIntyre waits for MVP to get to his feet. McIntyre hits a vicious Future Shock DDT, but Lashley breaks up the pin. R-Truth runs in to help, but he’s quickly dumped out of the ring. Lashley sets up for a spear at ringside, but R-Truth hits a drop-toe-hold into the steel steps! McIntyre kicks out at one from a roll-up and hits a Claymore Kick on MVP. McIntyre stops pinning MVP and tags R-Truth in, who comes off the top rope with McIntyre’s help for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: R-Truth and STILL WWE Champion Drew McIntyre
Backstage: Ric Flair, Christian
Ric Flair walks up to Christian. Flair says Randy Orton is on top of his game. Orton is mean and untouchable. Christian says he respects Flair… Flair says Christian’s family and the dressing room will still respect him. Don’t get hurt. Christian says he won’t regret what’s going to happen out there. Christian walks off.
In-Ring: Bayley, Sasha Banks, The IIconics
WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Sasha Banks and Bayley make their way to the ring. Bayley says it’s her birthday and they’re going to have a birthday week celebration. They’re going to NXT on Wednesday to beat up Shotzi Blackheart and Tegan Nox before celebrating more on Friday. Banks says The IIconics do not tell them when to defend their titles. She’s the Boss and Bayley is Bayley Dos Straps.
The IIconics come out and want an answer to their challenge. Bayley says they lost last night. They are THE team. The IIconics says they are the team they beat for the titles at last year’s WrestleMania… a loss so crushing they each had meltdowns. They couldn’t handle the pressure then or now. Banks gets in Peyton Royce’s face, so Royce punches her down. Bayley says it’s her birthday and they’re trying to ruin it. They accept the challenge for next week.
Raw Women’s Championship
Asuka (c) vs. Nia Jax
Nia Jax makes her way to the ring. A pre-taped promo shows Jax saying Asuka keeping the title last night was a joke, just like Asuka.
The bell rings, and Asuka quickly dropkicks her. Jax doesn’t go down and clotheslines Asuka. Jax hits a pair of short-arm clotheslines, but Asuka soon catches her with an arm bar! Jax quickly escapes and gets out of the ring. Asuka goes for a hip attack with Jax on the apron, but Jax moves. Jax lifts her up, but Asuka counters into a sleeper hold for a few moments. Asuka attacks her as she gets in the ring, but Jax punches her down. Jax kicks her. Jax goes to grab her, but Asuka hooks an arm bar again. Jax falls down and gets to the ropes. Jax pulls herself out of the ring. Asuka tries for a baseball slide, but Jax moves. Jax then takes Asuka and powerbombs her on the floor! Wow!
We come back from the break to see Jax applying a torture rack. Asuka gets out and hits a codebreaker before hitting a sliding knee to the face for a near fall. Asuka goes to the top rope, but Jax cuts her off with a forearm. Jax goes for a Samoan Drop off the second rope, but Asuka slides off. Asuka goes for a powerbomb, but Jax doesn’t go down. Asuka kicks the knee, putting Jax in the tree of woe. Asuka dropkicks Jax to the mat for a near fall.
Asuka starts kicking away at the chest, but Jax blocks one and head-butts her down. Jax hits a Samoan Drop. Jax covers, but Asuka’s foot is underneath the bottom rope. Jax angrily shoves the referee down. John Cone gets to his feet and goes to call for the bell, but he thinks better of it. Asuka then rolls Jax up for the win! The referee gave a fast count.
Winner by Pinfall and still Raw Women’s Champion: Asuka
Backstage: Randy Orton
Randy Orton is warming up backstage. Charly Caruso comes up and asks about Christian. Orton asks if she thinks Christian is a legend. She does. Orton thinks so as well. Unsanctioned means there’s no rules and regulations. Unsanctioned means that in a few short minutes, the legend of Christian will be destroyed. The legend of Christian will be destroyed by the three most destructive letters in sports-entertainment: R-K-O.
— WWE (@WWE) June 16, 2020
Next week on Raw, Bayley and Sasha Banks will defend the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship against The IIconics. We’ll also see The Street Profits defend the Raw Tag Team Championship against The Viking Raiders.
Rey Mysterio also returns to Raw next week.
Christian vs. Randy Orton
Before the match begins, Ric Flair makes his way to the ring. Flair gets in the ring and tells Christian not to do this. Flair says he just talked to Edge and they want Christian to let it go. Flair tells Orton to cut Christian some slack. Christian says he has to do this. Flair leaves the ring.
The bell rings, and Ric Flair low blows Christian! Flair walks off as Christian writhes in pain. Orton hits the ropes and crushes Christian with a Punt! Orton kneels next to Christian and thinks about what he’s done. Orton slowly turns the unconscious Christian over and covers for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Randy Orton
Orton apologizes that this happened to Christian. Orton says this is Christian’s fault. Orton didn’t want this to happen. Why is he here? Medical staff runs down to help. Orton slowly backs up and tells the staff to take care of Christian. Orton says he didn’t want to do this. He didn’t want to end Christian’s chapter like he did to Edge. This is Christian’s fault. Christian has to forgive him. Orton says he’s sorry and didn’t mean for this to happen, but this is his livelihood. Orton cannot let him interrupt or destroy his livelihood. If it comes down to him or Christian, it’s going to be Christian. Orton apologizes and backs up.