The build-up to the latest episode of the Monday Night RAW was all about the WWE title match between The Miz and Bobby Lashley and it took as many as three tries, intervention from Shane McMahon and lumberjacks to hit the ground running. The Miz spent the night doing everything in his power to avoid putting the belt on the line, including running from a match to take a count-out loss, but Shane McMahon made sure there would be a ‘legitimate title defense’. The A-Lister even tried to convince Drew McIntyre to help him defeat The All Mighty.
In other developments, former champion Charlotte Flair announced that she wanted to fight her tag team partner Asuka for RAW Women’s title at WrestleMania. However, the Queen will have to wait until The Empress of Tomorrow was healthy following a brutal kick from Shayna Baszler last week.
Drew McIntyre defeated Sheamus via pinfall: The feud between the two Scottish powerhouses continued and it was Drew McIntyre who got the win with a Claymore kick. These two superstars started a brawl even before the match started and then got involved in a brutally physical match.
Charlotte Flair defeated Shayna Baszler via pinfall: Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax interrupted Charlotte Flair while she was on the mic and then the duo attacked the Queen before the match kicked off. Baszler worked on a straggling Flair but the later made a comeback. The Queen of Spades nearly locked in the Kirifuda Clutch after interference from Nia Jax, but Charlotte recovered and planted Baszler with the Natural Selection to win.
Raw Tag Team Championship — The Hurt Business defeated Braun Strowman and Adam Pearce: Shane McMahon teamed up Braun Strowman and Adam Pearce in an attempt at “conflict resolution” between the two. Strowman dominated the entire match with his sheer strength, however, tagged Pearce right before the cover after McMahon’s insistence only for Shelton to catch Pearce with an inside cradle for three counts.
WWE Championship — Bobby Lashley defeated The Miz (C) via count-out: This was the second attempt to hold the championship match, but as soon as the bell range, Miz rolled out of the ring, grabbed his belt and ran to the back, as Lashley won via count-out.
WWE Championship — Bobby Lashley defeated The Miz (C) via submission: Right before the main event, Shane McMahon made the contest bout a lumberjack match from stopping Miz form running away once again. As the bell rang, Miz tried to hit Lashley with the championship belt, trying to force a disqualification, but Lashley intercepted the blow. The All Mighty’s dominance started from that moment and then he locked in the Hurt Lock to force the submission and win the championship.
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