The New Year is fast approaching but that doesn’t slow down WWE Monday Night Raw as it brings on another edition of it’s weekly wrestling show. This week, Bobby Lashley is scheduled to explain why he attacked Big E, Seth Rollins, and Kevin Owens before their big match at WWE Day 1.
The night started off with former WWE Champion, Lashley marching down to the ring with MVP by his side. He demanded a position in the upcoming Triple Threat match at WWE Day 1 and that brought out both Owens and Rollins to vent why that shouldn’t be the case. Before they could decide who should attack Lashley first, WWE Champion Big E came out to make sure his voice was heard.
Matt Riddle was out with Randy Orton to take on Otis who had Chad Gable by his side.
Otis toyed with Riddle to start the match. However, Riddle fired back with offense but was shut down when he ran into Otis, bouncing off him as he ran into a house. They ended up outside the ring and Riddle used that moment to attack Otis. He was countered again, this time with Otis ramming his back into the barricade.
Back from commercial and Otis was still in firm control. They were back in the ring with Riddle locked in a submission attempt. He got back to his feet but Otis flattened him again.
Riddle came off the top but Otis caught him. He wiggled out and let loose a series of strikes, finally hitting the Floating Bro to knock Otis down. Riddle went for the RKO but Otis countered, tossing him into the World’s Strongest Slam to pick up the victory.
Otis defeated Matt Riddle via pinfall.
Bianca Belair was set for singles action against Doudrop.
Doudrop had the power advantage early in the match. That gave Belair the opportunity to out quick Doudrop, hitting a dropkick to her chest. Belair tried to lift her up, only to get slammed instead. Belair was backed into the corner where Doudrop continued to have her way.
Belair sent Doudrop to the floor, using that moment to get in control of the match. She tried to knock Doudrop from the apron with a handspring attack, but Doudrop caught her and kicked her in the face. She followed that up with a splash to force the former champion to roll out of the ring.
Back from commercial and Belair was rolling, isolating Doudrop in the corner. She tried to hit a splash but was caught, only to take an elbow and a Michinoku Driver for a two count. She followed up with a Saito Suplex for another two count. She pulled Belair over to the corner, but Belair hopped up and landed a big powerbomb from the second rope.
Belair climbed to the top and hit the 450 splash to pick up the victory.
Bianca Belair defeated Doudrop via pinfall.
Kevin Owens was out next for his match against Bobby Lashley. Lashley had to win three matches in order to be added to the Triple Threat at WWE Day 1.
Owens went right at Lashley when the bell rang, but his attack had very minimal effect. Lashley dropped Owens after a shoulder tackle, following it up with strikes to the face. Owens was able to get some offense going in his favor, knocking Lashley to the floor. But he made the mistake of going for the cannonball off the apron, only to miss and go splat on the floor.
Back in the ring and Owens would take control, hitting the cannonball in the corner and a senton for a one count. He landed a tornado DDT for a quick two count.
Lashley responded by sending Owens into the corner, hitting hm with a shoulder charge before the Flatliner. Lashley went for the Hurt Lock but Owens countered. They exchanged positions until Lashley hit a spinebuster and joined his hands for the Hurt Lock, forcing Kevin Owens to tap out immediately.
Bobby Lashley defeated Kevin Owens via submission.
Tag team action was up next. Damian Priest and Finn Balor took on Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode.
Roode and Priest started out the match and Roode got off to a hot start. Priest tried to fire back but Roode answered with a boot to the stomach. Roode missed a punch and felt a big kick instead. He continued to roll, tossing both men outside the ring and following them with some high-flying offense.
Back from commercial and Ziggler was taking on Balor in the ring. Balor was scoring with all the offense, landing a modified neck breaker for a two count. Roode hit a big spine buster on Priest on the floor. Ziggler joined them outside and Balor went head over heels over the top rope to crash into everyone. He’d hit the shotgun dropkick on Ziggler but Austin Theory made an appearance. Ziggler hit the Zig Zag and picked up the victory.
Dolph Ziggler and Bobby Roode defeated Finn Balor and Damian Priest via pinfall.
Rhea Ripley and Queen Zelina were out next for singles action.
Ripley dropkicked Vega immediately at the start of the match. Then she pressed her above her head, causing her to crash to the ground. Ripley was going for the Riptide, but Nikki A.S.H and Carmella got involved, causing the distraction that allowed Vega to roll up Ripley for the win.
Queen Zelina defeated Rhea Ripley via pinfall.
The second match in Lashley’s gauntlet was set with Rollins coming out to face the former champion.
Rollins went to a headlock on Lashley early in the match, but he immediately powered out of the hold. Rollins pulled Lashley outside the ring and rammed Lashley into the ring post twice. Lashley rolled back into the ring and Rollins was all over him, landing a stiff elbow to the back of his head.
Rollins went to continue his offense and Lashley took advantage of it, tossing him overhead with suplexes then hitting a Flatliner. The powerbomb was going to come next but Rollins rolled outside the ring to buy time. Owens ran down to the ring and attacked Rollins, causing the disqualification victory.
However, Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville came out to restart the match and made it a No DQ match.
Lashley immediately speared Rollins and pinned him to pick up the victory, moving forward in the gauntlet.
Bobby Lashley defeated Seth Rollins via pinfall.
The main event of the evening featured Big E against Bobby Lashley in a No-DQ match. If Lashley wins he is added to the WWE Day 1 Triple Threat.
The two men lock up immediately with Big E getting the advantage. Big E used that opportunity to go outside the ring and grab a table. Before he could use the table, Lashley attacked him, throwing Big E into the barricade.
They ended up back in the ring and Lashley attempted to charge at Big E but he countered with a uranage. Big E set the table up in the corner and tried to put Lashley through it, but he stopped his momentum and hit the flatliner. Lashley set up a chair in the corner, but Big E tossed him aside with three suplexes. It was Lashley that ended up going into the chair when Big E reversed the position.
Big E dropped Lashley and began clubbing away at his chest, he followed up with the splash on the apron. Lashley still tossed Big E into the ring post on the floor. Lashley set up a table and tried to suplex Big E through it but he was countered. However, Lashley hit the one-handed spinebuster to put him through the table. But Big E kicked out at two.
The two big men continued to fight outside the ring, with Big E tossing Lashley into the stairs and slamming him across them. They got back into the ring and Lashley went for the Hurt Lock but Big E powered out only to get hit with the spear.
Owens and Rollins hit the ring to attack both men. Outside the ring Big E put Owens through the table and Lashley did the same inside the ring. MVP hit Big E in the knee with the cane and Lashley hit a big spear to pick up the victory and get added to the WWE Day 1 match, making it a Fatal Four Way.