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WWE Raw results: Asuka defeats Charlotte Flair in main event

WrestleMania season has come and gone. While some wonder about the future of WWE content after their biggest annual event, the show goes on with another edition of WWE Monday Night Raw. Drew McIntyre is looking for answers after being attacked last week by Mace and T-Bar, formerly of RETRIBUTION. That, and several other angles continue the Raw brand Monday evening.

The night started with McIntyre coming out the to the ring, ready for a fight. He and MVP talked back and forth about the situation that closed out last week’s show as MVP denied that he was behind the attack from Mace and T-Bar. Before McIntyre could say more, Mace and T-Bar attacked again while MVP just stood and laughed.

The first match of the night was rematch from last week, Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin were once again facing the Viking Raiders.

Shelton and Erik started off and the two men matched power back and forth. Benjamin did enough to open the door for Alexander to land a basement dropkick, isolating Erik on their side of the ring. They continued to work Erik over until Ivar made the tag, but Benjamin and Alexander continued clean tag team work to damage Ivar.

Alexander and Erik continued to battle in the ring and that did not bode well for Alexander who took the Viking Express and was pinned.

The Viking Raiders defeat Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin via pinfall.

Matt Riddle and Randy Orton were out for the second match of the night. They locked up out of the gate, with Orton getting the control early with a headlock takedown. Riddle attempted a rear naked choke, but Orton used a handful of hair to get out. Riddle continued to go back to the move, but Orton eventually fought out by rolling out of the ring. And it was there that Orton took advantage.

Back in the ring Orton slowly stomped away on Riddle. Orton landed his trademark powerslam, suplex and other offense but Riddle tried to fight back, only to get a poke to the eye. Riddle did not go away, causing Orton to run into the steel post. They continued to go back-and-forth, ending up on the top rope where Orton landed a Superplex. Orton even planted Riddle with the draping DDT before setting up for the RKO. Riddle countered the RKO with a crucifix pinfall to get the win.

Matt Riddle defeated Randy Orton via pinfall.

Women’s tag team action was up next with the champions, Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax competing against Lana and Naomi.

Jax attempted to use her power to start the match but Lana and Naomi were able to avoid it, chopping Jax off her feet. They were doing well until they made the mistake attempting to suplex Jax, who countered and tagged in Baszler. Baszler took over, isolating Lana and stomping on her arm.

Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke then marched out to taunt Jax for her slip-ups last night. Jax walked away from the ring and that allowed Lana and Naomi to double team Baszler, pinning her to pick up the victory.

Lana and Naomi defeated Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax via pinfall.

Kofi Kingston and Elias were up next with a singles match. Xavier Woods was at ringside, playing the guitar that kept Elias’s attention while Kingston capitalized on it for much of the early going of the match. Elias was able to get his own offense in, including a big vertical suplex. Elias remained in control but was unable to put the former WWE champion away early.

Kingston found his way back into the driver’s seat, but he failed to pick up the win after the SOS. Elias capitalized on a failed top rope Hurricanrana by Kingston, hitting a big elbow drop from the top to pick up the victory.

Elias defeated Kofi Kingston via pinfall.

Drew McIntyre demanded a two-on-one handicap match against Mace and T-Bar, and that is exactly what he received.

McIntyre attempted to separate the two bigger men early, but it was not long before he found himself on the wrong end of a double-team. Mace and T-Bar took turns beating up on McIntyre but could not keep him down for an extended period.

McIntyre landed a big Glasgow Kiss to T-Bar, but before he could capitalize Mace jumped into the ring, beating McIntyre to the ground. That brought out Braun Strowman to make the save. This match then became a tag team match with Strowman helping McIntyre. Strowman’s presence helped the situation as he was able to easily overpower both men. That was until a nasty chop block that brought Strowman to his knees.

Once grounded, Mace and T-Bar were able to isolate Strowman. That strategy worked for a moment until McIntyre was tagged back in, taking his frustration out on Mace. He then ripped the mask off Mace and slapped him in the face with it, causing a disqualification. Strowman then did the same to T-Bar and both men were knocked from the ring.

Mace and T-Bar defeated Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre via disqualification.

Thanks to his wife, Maryse, Miz found himself in a singles match against Damian Priest.

Priest went on the attack quickly, tossing the Miz around the ring and landing stiff kicks to the midsection. Maryse caused the distraction, giving the Miz the room to knock Priest outside the ring and take over. Even back in the ring, the Miz continued to keep things under control, landing a neck breaker to the bigger man.

Priest fired up and started to return offense of his own, laying the Miz down with a flapjack before hitting the splash in the corner. The Miz tried to use his wife for another distraction, but that led directly into Hit the Lights and a pinfall win for Priest.

Damian Priest defeated the Miz via pinfall.

Sheamus came out to do a non-title open challenge, only to be answered by Humberto Carrillo. Sheamus jumped him immediately before the bell could ring, tossing him out and battering him all around the ring. Sheamus tossed Carrillo back into the ring and then blasted him with the Brogue Kick before berating him verbally.

The main event of the evening was a singles match between Charlotte Flair and Asuka. Asuka and Flair locked up but their familiarity with each other shown through. Asuka landed the first salvos of offense, hitting Flair with kicks to the stomach, but Flair answered back with a neck breaker on the ring apron. Back in the ring, Flair remained in control until Asuka landed a dropkick from the top rope. She followed that up with a German Suplex and a basement kick.

Flair had to defend the armbar and was able to fight her way out. They continued to exchange offense until Flair hit a spear but could not pick up the win. Asuka countered a charging Flair into the Asuka lock but Flair rolled outside the ring to safety. Flair attempted to go for the Figure Eight, but Rhea Ripley broke it up. She then rolled Flair up into a crucifix to pick up the pinfall win.

Asuka defeated Charlotte Flair via pinfall.