WWE Raw results, recap, grades: Seth Rollins retains title vs. Jey Uso, but Drew McIntyre attacks to end show
McIntyre took out Uso, Rollins and Sami Zayn in a dominant show of force
While Seth Rollins was able to beat Jey Uso in a tremendous main event on Monday night's episode of Raw, it was Drew McIntyre who emerged from the show as the most dominant man on Raw.
Rollins managed to outlast a game Uso to retain his world heavyweight championship but McIntyre attacked as soon as the match was over, taking out both men. Rollins and Uso weren't McIntyre's first victims of the night, however, with McIntyre beating Sami Zayn in the show-opening match before continuing the attack on Zayn backstage.
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Rollins beats Uso to retain his title but McIntyre attacks to end the show
Drew McIntyre def. Sami Zayn via pinfall with a Claymore. McIntyre opened the show with a promo, calling out Zayn and Uso for their past in The Bloodline and saying they both deserved to get screwed over when they wrestled Roman Reigns. Zayn came to the ring and said he was wrong when he said he and McIntyre were alike and asked McIntyre if he was making his family proud. McIntyre took advantage of Zayn injuring his leg to win the match. Later in the show, McIntyre attacked Zayn backstage, ending the attack with a stomp on Zayn's injured leg.
World Heavyweight Championship – Seth Rollins (c) def. Jey Uso via pinfall with a stomp. Uso cut a promo earlier in the night saying that he never thought he'd get another shot at a world title after coming up short against Reigns when his twin brother turned on him. He also told Adam Pearce that he would take care of McIntyre after handling business with Rollins. Pearce told Rollins that he was going to offer CM Punk an exclusive Raw contract next week. After a very good main event, McIntyre stormed ringside and took out both Rollins and Uso before putting Uso through the commentary desk.
If you wanted a wrestling-focused show, Raw delivered on Monday night. Storylines were advanced, of course, but there was a lot of solid wrestling from start to bottom, including a very good main event. Raw also continues to have a big tangle of personalities and conflicts at the top of the card, something that will only increase should Punk be brought to Raw full-time. Grade: A-
What else happened on WWE Raw?
- Nia Jax def. Shayna Baszler via pinfall with a Bonzai Drop. Jax and Becky Lynch came face-to-face backstage ahead of the match with Lynch saying she still owed Jax a receipt. Jax fled the ring when Lynch came out after the match.
- DIY def. Imperium in a two-out-of-three-falls match. Imperium got the first fall but DIY managed to pick up the next two to escape with the win.
- Katana Chance & Kayden Carter def. Natalya & Tegan Nox via pinfall when Chance pinned Natalya after a corkscrew splash.
- Cody Rhodes addressed being misted by Shinsuke Nakamura last Monday. Rhodes said he remembered being terrified of seeing The Great Muta spraying mist when he was a child and rightfully so, but he doesn't run from a fight. Nakamura appeared on the Tron, cutting a promo about how they share similar stories, having gotten near the top of the mountain only to be knocked back down. But now, Nakamura said his job is to end Rhodes' story. It was announced that Rhodes and Nakamura would battle next Monday.
- The Creed Brothers def. Judgment Day (JD McDonagh & Dominik Mysterio) via pinfall with a Brutus Ball on McDonagh. Earlier in the show, Damian Priest said that Rhea Ripley and Finn Balor were not there, which meant he was in charge and expecting McDonagh and Mysterio to handle business and prove the Creed's aren't ready for their title shot.
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