WWE Raw: RKBro defeat Bobby Lashley and MVP in main event

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WWE SummerSlam is in the rearview but that doesn’t stop the action from piling up on Monday Night Raw. After last week, fans were scheduled to get a big match between WWE Champion Bobby Lashley and former champion, Sheamus. Plus, the developing story between Alexa Bliss and Charlotte Flair continued. With Extreme Rules on the horizon, another episode of Raw kept the train moving toward that next WWE Network special.

New WWE United States Champion, Damian Priest came out to make it clear that he was going to show respect to that title like names before him. To do so, he brought back the open challenge and the first person to answer the call was Sheamus. But just then it was Drew McIntyre who came out to throw his name into the potential pool.

The party would continue to get crowded as Bobby Lashley, MVP, and RKBro all made their presence and intentions felt. What ended up coming out of the situation was a triple threat match, Damian Priest against Sheamus and Drew McIntyre. Plus, MVP and Lashley ended up getting a shot at RKBro for the Raw Tag Team titles.

The first match of the night featured Rhea Ripley against Shayna Baszler. Both Nikki A.S.H and Nia Jax were out to support their respective teammates.

Ripley attempted to jump on Baszler early, but it didn’t take long for Ripley to ground the bigger woman. Ripley was able to power her way back to her feet, but she could not get Baszler off her arm. Baszler was able to get Ripley back on the ground and ended up taking her boot to the side of the head. Another stiff kick and Baszler goes for a pin but Ripley kicks out.

Baszler continued to brutalize Ripley, even smashing her hand between the ring apron. Baszler continued to torture the former champion, focusing on her hands and arms. Ripley continued to be defiant to Baszler, catching a kick and getting back to her feet to land clotheslines and a headbutt.

Baszler kicked out of a Northern Lights Suplex, responding with an attempt at an armbar. Baszler locked on the Kirifuda Clutch and Ripley fought out of it. A distraction by Jax outside the ring created a situation where Ripley was able to roll up Baszler, but Jax ran into the ring to assault Ripley as she did Nikki A.S.H.

Rhea Ripley defeated Shayna Baszler via pinfall.

The Viking Raiders were out for tag team action next against Jinder Mahal and Veer.

Ivar and Veer started things off with Veer immediately on the bad end of some Viking Raider offense. Veer was eventually able to get things over to his side after a big Lou Thesz press. That allowed him to isolate Ivar back on their side of the ring, tagging in Mahal. Mahal went for a pinfall after a knee, only to get a count of one.

Veer and Mahal isolated Ivar and took their turns beating on him. Ivar was able to cartwheel his way over to the corner to make the tag to Erik. Erik would eventually land a double knee to drop Mahal, before tossing Veer over his shoulders. Ivar then hit a bowling ball dive onto Shanky and Veer. Back in the ring Mahal ran directly into the Viking Experience.

The Viking Raiders defeated Jinder Mahal and Veer via pinfall.

A triple threat was up next with Drew McIntyre, Sheamus, and Damian Priest fighting for the title.

Priest and McIntyre turned their focus on Sheamus first, double-teaming him early. Sheamus and McIntyre ended up outside the ring, exchanging shots on the floor. Priest ended up tossing Sheamus into the timekeeper’s area with a back body drop, giving him and McIntyre some alone time in the ring. However, Sheamus was not to be denied back inside the ring, slowing down both men.

Sheamus hit the Irish Curse backbreaker and continued to taunt the downed Priest. That included landing ten shots to Priest’s chest before knocking him out to the apron. McIntyre entered the ring and went right after Sheamus, hitting him with belly-to-belly suplexes. Sheamus was able to avoid McIntyre, causing him to go shoulder first into the post.

Priest rejoined the action, downing Sheamus with a heel kick, followed up with splashes in the corner on both men. McIntyre took to the air, hitting a plancha over the top rope. Priest and McIntyre were back in the ring, where McIntyre hit a Michinoku Driver for a two count. McIntyre went to the top rope with Priest, but Sheamus broke things up. The moment resulted with all three men being strewn across the ring in pain when McIntyre hit a German Suplex while Sheamus hit a Superplex on Priest.

Sheamus and McIntyre were in the ring exchanging big blows with Sheamus hitting an Alabama Slam for a two count. He followed up with the cloverleaf submission attempt but Priest made the last-minute save. His pinfall attempt after the sit-out chokeslam was broken up. Priest nearly hit the Reckoning but Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick. McIntyre looked to close out the match with the Claymore but he ate a counter knee. McIntyre kicked out at two.

Sheamus hit White Noise from the top rope but Priest broke up the pinfall. Priest wanted the Reckoning but McIntyre hit the Claymore. The scramble allowed for Priest to hit the Reckoning and get the pinfall on McIntyre.

Damian Priest retained the United States title over Sheamus and Drew McIntyre.

The next match out was Eva Marie versus Doudrop.

Doudrop went right after Marie before the bell even sound to start the match. She counted all the way to three, but the referee declared that Marie was unable to compete after the attack. That led to Doudrop to declare herself the winner.

Karrion Kross was up next against Humberto Carrillo.

Kross immediately jumps on Carrillo, stomping away on him in the corner. Carrillo hit a crossbody and went after him shots, but it wasn’t long before Kross blasted him with a clothesline. Kross was in full control of this match, but Carrillo continued to kick out. Kross looked angry that Carrillo would not go away, becoming more frustrated with each kick out.

Carrillo hit a bit of offense of his own, tying Kross up on the top rope. But he jumped right into an elbow that dropped him to the mat. Kross followed up with another suplex before locking in the Kross Jacket for the win.

Karrion Kross defeated Humberto Carrillo via submission.

Nia Jax and Charlotte Flair were set for a singles match next.

Flair was playing games with Jax earlier, trying to get under her skin. Flair went after Jax’s knee and attempted a suplex that was blocked. Jax fired back with a headbutt that rocked the champion. Jax then hit a big clothesline on the ropes.

Flair avoided Jax in the corner, landing some kicks while trying to drag her down to the mat with a headlock. Jax was able to fight out of the position and begin to have her way with Flair. That was until Flair tied Jax up in the ropes, using them to attack the bigger woman’s neck. Jax hit a spinebuster on Flair, forcing the champion to roll out of the ring to regroup. Flair sent Jax through the ropes, following her with a crossbody over the top.

Flair and Jax continued the match back in the ring, where Flair caused Jax to hit the post before setting up for her moonsault. Jax countered by getting her knees up and used that opportunity to land a Samoan Drop. Jax missed the leg drop and took a boot to the face for her trouble. Jax went for another Samoan Drop, but Flair countered with a reverse DDT.

Flair hit a chop block on Jax before stomping away on the knees and landing some punches. Flair went for a figure four and got pushed into the turnbuckle. That was the space Jax needed to turn the match around, hitting a one-handed powerbomb on Flair to pick up the win.

Nia Jax defeated Charlotte Flair via pinfall.

Omos and John Morrison were up for a one-on-one match next.

Morrison brought out the drip stick that only angered Omos. Morrison was able to dodge his attack in the corner and land some kicks. His speed came to his advantage but it wasn’t long before he was tossed from the ring like a child. Omos continued to toy with Morrison when they got back into the ring, flattening him with a two-handed chokeslam for the win.

Omos defeated John Morrison via pinfall.

This led right into a match between Xavier Woods and AJ Styles.

Woods went to work early with big chops across Styles chest, but Styles was firing back. Woods remained one step ahead of Styles, countering him on the floor and getting the action back in the ring. Styles wars forced to kick out of a pin attempt after a splash to the back.

Styles landed a superkick before knocking Woods to the floor with a basement dropkick. Back in the ring, Styles caught a kick from Woods and attacked the knee. Woods fought through and attempted to roll up Styles but he kicked out at two. Woods knocked Styles to the mat, followed up with a shoulder charge in the corner and a Northern Lights Suplex for two. Woods avoided the powerbomb and put Styles into the Tree of Woe, landing a stiff dropkick to finish it off.

Styles countered again, going back to the knee. He rolled through to the Calf Crusher, forcing Woods to submit.

AJ Styles defeated Xavier Woods by submission.

Out immediately after was the main event between Lashley and MVP taking on the tag team champs, RKBro.

Lashley was all over Riddle from the start of the match, hitting a delayed, one-arm suplex with ease. MVP was quickly tagged in after and kept the pressure up on MVP. Riddle was able to get the tag to Orton and they went on a run of tandem offense against MVP before he rolled out of the ring.

Riddle and Lashley were back in the ring with the WWE Champion having his way with Riddle again. After hitting a Flatliner, he tagged out to MVP to continue the work. Riddle was able to escape to get to Orton again, who went on a roll, landing ten punches in the corner. MVP charged out, right into a powerslam. Orton then hit a draping DDT on Lashley. That opening allowed MVP to the Mafia Kick and tag out to Lashley.

Lashley was all over Orton, slamming him to the mat before calling for the Hurt Lock. Orton countered it with an attempted RKO but got to Riddle for the tag. Riddle came on strong but Lashley powered out until taking a ripcord knee. Riddle hit the Floating Bro but MVP made the save. MVP tossed Orton outside the ring and MVP tagged in, landing another big kick on Riddle. MVP was dropped with a big kick to the head.

Omos attacked Orton and a fight broke out on the floor. Riddle hit a pump knee on MVP into another Floating Bro to pin MVP and retain the belt.

RKBro defeated MVP and Bobby Lashley to retain the WWE Tag Team titles.