Lynch picked up a huge win (Picture: WWE)
The Man faced off against Asuka in a rematch from last week’s main event, which itself only happened after Sasha Banks and Naomi walked out of the tapings, which would later see them suspended indefinitely with their futures unclear.
This week, Big Time Becks and the Empress of Tomorrow found themselves back in the ring for another run after Adam Pearce made it official with a big stipulation.
As revealed in a backstage segment between Lynch and the WWE official, she had a chance to earn her way into the Raw Women’s Title match at Hell In A Cell against the champ Bianca Belair and her challenger Asuka.
The EST of WWE was at ringside for the high stakes bout, and she got caught up in the drama at one point when Becky ended up in her lap, with Lynch ducking to avoid Asuka’s kick which collided with Bianca’s face.
Back in the ring, Becky rolled up her opponent for a win after they narrowly avoided a count out, and we have ourselves a Triple Threat on June 5.
While some people have complained about the 50/50 nature of things here with Lynch and Asuka picking up wins against each other in subsequent weeks, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone disappointed in the in-ring action.
Rather than either superstar looking weak, both of them earned big wins over the other, and came across as competitive and deserving of their spot in the championship match.
Riddle teases end of RK-Bro with Randy Orton out, Seth Freakin’ Rollins destroys Cody Rhodes and more
Raw kicked off with an uncharacteristically serious – but brilliant – promo from Riddle, who addressed RK-Bro’s loss to The Usos on Friday Night SmackDown in the Tag Title Unification Match.
He told the crowd that Randy Orton has been struggling with his back for the past couple of years, setting the Viper up for some time off as he set his sights on destroying The Bloodline and getting some vengeance.
The first match of the night saw the Original Bro team up with the Street Profits to take on Jimmy and Jey Uso with their partner – and Bloodline sympathiser – Sami Zayn in a cracking six-man bout.
In a nice touch, The Usos abandoned Zayn and let him take an RKO from Riddle for the loss.
Riddle hit an RKO on Sami Zayn (Picture: WWE)
Judgement Day – Edge, Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley – came to the ring and addressed the future of the group, with the Rated R Superstar teasing the likes of AJ Styles, Finn Balor, Tommaso Ciampa and Liv Morgan (the Nightmare made her own plea for this) as potential new members.
Priest and Ripley teamed up in great mixed tag action against Styles and Morgan, with the villains getting the win before unleashing a brutal beatdown with Balor nowhere to be seen to help his friends. Interesting.
Jerry Lawler was back to host King’s Court this week with Veer Mahaan as his guest, with some boring jokes from the Hall of Famer before Rey and Dominik Mysterio came down to stop Veer from beating him up, but they couldn’t knock the big man down.
Doudrop was at ringside as Bliss and Nikki faced off (Picture: WWE)
Alexa Bliss made relatively quick work of her former tag team partner Nikki A.S.H. – who had Doudrop at ringside – in a decent but unremarkable bout designed to give the Goddess another win.
WWE also used its commentary team to take another shot at Banks and Naomi for walking out last week, noting that they ‘would leave during the broadcast of Monday Night Raw’, and referencing them dropping the Women’s Tag Team Titles on John Laurinaitis’ desk.
He added: ‘Sasha Banks and Naomi would relinquish their Championships and disappointed the WWE Universe in the process.’
The Miz and Cody Rhodes battled in an entertaining but at time sloppy match with Seth Freakin’ Rollins causing the DQ ending, which made perfect sense heading into Hell In A Cell, before the pair unleashed a two-on-one attack on the American Nightmare with the Visionary using Cody’s own belt as a weapon.
Ezekiel picked up a win over Chad Gable after Otis and Kevin Owens both got involved, and KO laid down a challenge for the premium live event on June 5.
Finally, as set up earlier in the night, Bobby Lashley faced MVP in a fun match, with the winner (which ended up being MVP) choosing the stipulation for the All Mighty’s clash with Omos at Hell In A Cell.
WWE Raw airs Monday nights at 1am on BT Sport 1.
WWE Raw results and grades
- Riddle and The Street Profits beat Sami Zayn and The Usos (A-)
- Judgement Day (Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley) defeated AJ Styles and Liv Morgan (B+)
- Alexa Bliss pinned Nikki A.S.H. (C-)
- Cody Rhodes beat The Miz via DQ (B)
- Ezekiel pinned Chad Gable (B-)
- MVP defeated Bobby Lashley via count out (C+)
- Becky Lynch beat Asuka (A-)
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