With Hell in a Cell coming up soon, the immediate landscape of the WWE will soon change and this week’s RAW helped add some interesting angles and feuds. The rivalry between Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins took another familiar stop. Bobby Lashley went head to head with his former manager MVP. The rivalry between Kevin Owens and Ezekiel seems to be coming to an end and Becky Lynch did her utmost to get back into the main event scene again and there was some surprising news with regards to Randy Orton and the future of RK-Bro on RAW.
Riddle opened the show and revealed that Randy Orton is going to take some time off because he has been dealing with some back issues. Then, Riddle promised to take revenge on The Bloodline. He was then joined by The Street Profits to take on The Usos and Sami Zayn. The match got underway with Angelo Dawkins and Zayn squaring off. Riddle then tagged himself in and ended up taking the brunt of the punishment before making a comeback. Later, Sami and The Usos had regained the upper hand, but once Riddle and his partners began to take control again, The Usos abandoned Zayn to take an RKO from Riddle to win the match.
Winner: Street Profits and Riddle
Priest and Styles started off aggressively. Once the women tagged themselves in, Ripley used her power advantage to dominate Morgan. The match had a good flow to it but then Edge decided to interfere when he helped Ripley escape a pin by putting her foot on the bottom rope, she was able to pin Morgan for the win. After it was over, Edge and his gang beat Styles and Morgan down. The interesting thing is Finn Balor did not show up to help his friends and that added a nice angle to this feud.
Winner: Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley
Alexa Bliss then took on her former tag team partner Nikki A.S.H. Nikki had Doudrop in her corner to help cheer her up. The women kept up with the pace of the match and had some smooth moves to show off their skill set. Finally, Alexa picked up the win with Twisted Bliss from the top rope.
Winner: Alexa Bliss
The American Nightmare Cody Rhodes took on The A-Lister The Miz in a rematch from a couple of weeks back. Cody controlled the first couple of minutes, but in usual Miz fashion, The A-Lister was able to rally himself and got himself in the match. The Miz almost had Rhodes tap out to the Figure Four but Cody survived. Then, as Rhodes climbed to the top rope, Seth Rollins came down and shoved him to the ground to cause a disqualification. Afterwards, Seth and The Miz continued to attack Rhodes, and Rollins even used his own weight belt as a weapon.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
Ezekiel and Chad Gable went head to head in a rematch from last week. Gable had Otis and Kevin Owen at his corner this time. Ezekiel was building some steam only for Otis to interfere and cause him to slow down which then allowed Gable to apply the Ankle Lock. The referee was then forced to eject Otis and Owens from ringside after both men tried to interfere. This paved the way for Ezekiel to roll up Gable for the win. Owens finally challenged Ezekiel to a match at Hell in a Cell.
Lashley and MVP took on each other in what was a drab match. This match was mostly about showing how dominant Lashley is in the ring. He then went on to absolutely dominate his former manager who had Omos at ringside. Lashley then focused his attention to Omos on the outside and ended up getting into a fight with him. The referee then ended up counting out Lashley while he was fighting Omos, so MVP got the win and gets to pick the stipulation for Hell in a Cell.
Becky Lynch took on Asuka with a spot at Hell in a Cell on the line where if Lynch was able to beat Asuka, she would be added to the RAW women’s title match. Becky tried to dominate early on but she realized she would be unable to do that. Bianca Belair watched on from the commentary table as Lynch kept trying to win at all costs. Lynch avoided a kick at ringside that connected with Bianca but when they got back into the ring, Becky rolled up Asuka to get the win.
Winner: Becky Lynch