Also, I can’t believe u guys thought I was gonna interrupt that wedding. Pfffttttt, like I’d do anything like that 😉— LIV Morgan (@YaOnlyLivvOnce) December 28, 2021
Edge got a measure of vengeance against The Miz and Maryse ahead of the two former WWE champions' clash at WWE Day 1. Miz and Maryse took part in a "romantic" vow renewal ceremony officiated by Eric Bischoff. As the "weddings in pro-wrestling" trope dictated, however, it was not a happy ending for the lovebirds.
Maryse has served as The Miz's ace up the sleeve in the latter's feud with Edge. Monday's episode of Raw angled the veteran to take a vampire-sized chomp out of The Miz and Maryse's morale. Elsewhere on the show, Damian Priest defended the WWE United States championship against rival Dolph Ziggler. The planned grudge match between AJ Styles and Omos did not go on as advertised, but "The Phenomenal" one had no shortage of potential opponents.
CBS Sports was with you all night with recaps and highlights of all the action from Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
The Miz and Maryse renew their vows, Edge treats them to a bath
Earlier in the evening, The Miz threw a temper tantrum over inadequate roses delivered for his vow renewal with Maryse. A video package aired recapping the rivalry between the two and Edge. Bischoff, clad in a white suit, made his WWE return to officiate the vow renewal between the lovebirds. The Miz made his way to the ring first. He tripped on his way up the stairs, popping everyone including The Miz. Maryse followed in a white wedding dress.
Maryse was showered with boos while tearfully reciting her vows, to the point where brief portions were nearly inaudible. The Miz responded by delivering vows in French. After mixing some Spanish in there, Maryse insisted that Miz continue his vows in English. Both parties said "yes," Bischoff delivered a tongue-in-cheek statement about any objections.
"Oh hell, you know how this is going to turn out," Bischoff said.
Queue Edge, who made a triumphant entrance at the show's conclusion. Edge insisted he wasn't going to spoil the occasion. The Miz and Maryse responded by kissing in front of the former world champion. The Brood's music came over the arena, after which The Miz, Maryse and Bischoff were drowned in Brood Blood.
Damian Priest (c) def. Dolph Ziggler via pinfall to retain the WWE United States championship.
The story of Priest vs. Ziggler was the latter's attempt to draw anger (Priest's crux) out of the U.S. champion. Ziggler attempted to utilize his speed and veteran savvy early in the match. Priest controlled meaningful portions of the match with his power and striking prowess. Regular momentum swings gave both men a chance to show off.
Priest went berserk in the match's closing stanza after being berated and open-palm slapped by Ziggler. The champ cornered Ziggler and swarmed him with strikes, ignoring the referee's five-count and forcing a disqualification. Priest closed out the segment by spiking Ziggler with The Reckoning to the outside.
Bonus points for the self-deprecating performances of Bischoff and Edge, giving a nod to pro wrestling's horrible track record with weddings. The Brood stuff is always a great throwback, but it wasn't quite as effective here as it was in Edge's feud with Rollins. Ultimately, this was just a modern coat of paint on a tired segment. Grade: C
What else happened on WWE Raw
- Riddle def. Chad Gable via pinfall after landing a moonsault in a short, but technically pleasant match.
- Randy Orton def. Otis via pinfall after dodging a splash and pasting his foe with the RKO. Otis successfully dodged the first three RKO attempts.
- Dana Brooke and Reggie def. R-Truth and Tamina via pinfall after Reggie scored a wheelbarrow victory roll on Truth.
- The Street Profits def. Dominick Mysterio and Rey Mysterio via pinfall after landing a massive blockbuster on Dominick. Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford win the RK-Bro tournament and will challenge Randy Orton and Riddle for the Raw Tag Team titles at WWE Day 1.
- AJ Styles accused Omos of being scared and unappreciative. Styles promised to kick Omos' teeth in. Styles invited NXT star Grayson Walker, who was holding a sign in the front row, into the ring. The two nearly came to blows before Apollo Crews and Commander Azeez interrupted, the latter of whom challenged Styles to a match. "The Phenomenal One" accepted Azeez's invitation.
- AJ Styles def. Apollo Crews via pinfall after flooring his opponent with the Styles Clash. Apparently, Crews decided to fill in for Azeez during the break. Styles rolled out of the ring to duck Azeez's assault, before laying him out with a Phenomenal Forearm.
- Kevin Owens took to the ring, pointing out how he is the only fatal four-way competitor here tonight. MVP interrupted Owens, commending him for his planning skills but assuring Lashley would hurt him and Seth Rollins at WWE Day 1. Enter Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin, leading to Owens vs. Alexander.
- Kevin Owens def. Cedric Alexander via pinfall after scoring with the stunner. Benjamin entered the ring shortly after and met the same fate.