WWE Raw: Doudrop wins title shot at The Royal Rumble

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 12: Mae Young Classic contestant Piper Niven appears on the red carpet of the WWE Mae Young Classic on September 12, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for WWE)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 12: Mae Young Classic contestant Piper Niven appears on the red carpet of the WWE Mae Young Classic on September 12, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for WWE) /

“The Road to WrestleMania” is alive and running through another week of WWE Monday Night Raw. Brock Lesnar is the WWE Champion and he’s facing down a challenge of Bobby Lashley. Not only that, but Becky Lynch found out who her next challenger is with a big women’s triple threat contest.

The night started off with Lesnar but before he could get going on the microphone, Lashley made his way out to the ring. Both men had a lot to say, but Lesnar dropped the microphone in all ways when he downplayed the accolades that Lashley reached throughout his career.

Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander tried to jump Lashley but both men paid the price with violent beatdowns for their efforts.

The first match of the night brought out Alpha Academy to face Team RKO Bro for the tag team titles.

Matt Riddle and Chad Gable started out grappling with Gable easily taking control. Riddle was able to show his expertise, rolling through to an omoplata that forced Gable to the ropes. He chased Riddle into the corner only to eat a kick followed by a senton. Rolling outside didn’t help him either as Riddle hit a springboard Floating Bro to the floor.

Back from commercial and Gable was in control, especially after a dragon screw slowed Riddle down. That brought in Otis and they isolated Riddle on their side of the ring. He hit another Floating Bro to knock Otis off his feet and make the tag to Randy Orton.

Orton came in and attacked Gable first before kicking Otis in the face. Gable was able to cut him off by snapping his neck on the top rope, but Orton stopped him on the top rope. Orton hit a big Superplex on Gable from the top rope.

Orton was ready for the RKO but Gable was able to avoid it, hitting a sneaky tag to Otis. Otis came in and caught Orton with the World’s Strongest Slam for the victory.

Alpha Academy are the new WWE Raw Tag Team Champions.

Damian Priest teamed with the Street Profits to take on Dolph Ziggler, Robert Roode, and Apollo Crews.

Crews and Montez Ford started out with Ford getting the advantage early after a big drop kick. Crews took over and isolated Ford on their side of the ring. Ford was able to get over to Priest who unleashed on Ziggler and Roode when he charged into the ring. Crews took one on the chin just because as well.

The match broke down with all six men in the ring brawling. Priest and the Street Profits cleared out the ring to stand tall.

Back from the commercial and Ford was isolated on the wrong side of the ring. Ziggler went for two quick pin attempts but Ford was able to get out both times. Ford was finally able to get over to Dawkins who went on a run, dominating Roode. She went for a cover after The Silencer but Crews broke up the pin attempts. Commander Azeez and Crews tried to take out Priest but Ford flew over the top to break it up.

Back in the ring, Dawkins was hit from behind with the Zig Zag to give his team the victory.

Apollo Crews, Dolph Ziggler, and Robert Roode defeated Damian Priest and The Street Profits via pinfall.

Seth Rollins was out with a lot to say in a promo. He announced his Royal Rumble match against Roman Reigns for the Universal Title. Big E interrupted Rollins and came down to the ring. The back-and-forth led to Rollins accepting a match against Big E on the spot.

Rollins landed a drop kick first but didn’t phase Big E. They ended up on the floor where Rollins landed a dive but made the mistake of going for it twice where Big E countered. He landed the big splash on Rollins who was on the apron.

Back from the commercial and they were still brawling on the floor. Big E bounced Rollins head off the table and pushed him back into the ring. Rollins was able to land some chops but couldn’t stop Big E’s power advantage. That was until hit he a chop block and a DDT. Rollins hit a knee from the ring apron onto the floor. Then he took to the sky again with another knee off the top rope, but the pin attempt only counted for two.

Rollins landed stiff crossface shots then went for a rear chin lock. Big E fought back to his feet and the two men exchanged shots. Rollins made the mistake of charging Big E in the corner, only to eat a uranage for his troubles. His offense was capped with a big spear to Rollins on the apron, sending them crashing to the floor.

Back from the commercial and Big E was once again fighting to his feet, and landing an overhead suplex, followed up by two more. Big E hit the splash and began to call for the Big Ending. Rollins fought out of it, countering the uranage to hit an elbow. Big E kicked out but a stiff superkick dropped him for another two-count.

Then there was a big frog splash for another two count. Rollins went of the Curb Stomp but was countered with a powerbomb. Rollins fought out of the stretch muffler, but Big E hit a big sidewalk slam for two count. Big E went for another apron spear but Rollins countered. Big E stopped him on the top rope and attempted a second-rope Big Ending but Rollins fought out. Rollins attempted the Pedigree but he was able to fight out, however he could not stop the second Curb Stomp to pick up the win.

Seth Rollins defeated Big E via pinfall.

Rhea Ripley and Nikki A.S.H were out next. In an awkward conversation the two women ended their tag team partnership. What seemed peaceful ended with Nikki turning on Ripley to attack her.

Omos was out next for singles action against a local enhancement talent. This went as expected as Omos won with very little effort.

After the Cutting Edge segment, AJ Styles was out next to take on Austin Theory.

Styles got out the gates hot but Theory quickly responded, slamming him to his back. Styles fought back to his feet and hit a big dropkick that knocked Theory from the ring. But Theory was able to reverse the momentum, causing Styles to fall outside the ring and hit him with his own dropkick.

Back from the commercial and Theory was back in control, but Theory was not going away. Styles hit an offensive blitz to knock Theory to the floor, following it up with a neck breaker. But Theory was able to answer back with a neck breaker to the back of his knee for a two count.

Styles ended up on the apron but Grayson Waller made a sneak attack to cause the disqualification.

AJ Styles defeated Austin Theory via disqualification.

Becky Lynch was out to witness the triple threat match between Bianca Belair, Doudrop, and Liv Morgan.

The match started with all three women throwing punches in the center of the ring, but Doudrop took control first, leveling both opponents. She and Bianca ended up on the floor and Liv landed on them both with a flip over the top. But back in the ring and Bianca immediately dropped her to the mat.

The pace quickened where Morgan hit a Hurricanrana but Belair was able to pin both in the corner until Doudrop carried her to the center. She remained in full control, flattening both women with a splash, then slamming Morgan on top of her. She covered them both but they were able to kick out.

Doudrop missed a cannonball in the corner and Morgan started stomping on her until Doudrop tossed her over the top.

Back from the commercial and Morgan nearly scored a pinfall and Belair followed up with a spear. Morgan missed an enziguri and Belair rolled for a pin but Morgan countered with the Rings of Saturn. Belair powered out but Morgan hit a knee breaker on both women. She then launched Belair into the top turnbuckle. Morgan attempted a back suplex from the top rope, but Doudrop stopped her, hitting a powerbomb. But Belair broke up the pinfall with a 450 Splash.

Belair hit a spinebuster on Doudrop then a Glam Slam on to Morgan. She hit the KOD but Becky Lynch jumped in to stop the pinfall. Lynch and Belair brawled outside the ring where Belair was tossed over the announce table. Doudrop hit the Banzai Drop on Morgan to pick up the victory.

Doudrop defeated Bianca Belair and Liv Morgan via pinfall to face Becky Lynch.