Drew McIntyre & The Viking Raiders Vs Jinder Mahal, Veer & Shanky
Before the Viking Raiders can make their entrance, Jinder, Veer, and Shanky attack McIntyre. The Vikings come running down and the heels jump out of the ring. Eventually the match does get underway with Erik and Veer. Erik gets on top early on, then whips Veer to the corner but misses a splash and Erik connects with an impactful Thesz press.
Jinder tags in and continues the assault on Erik, but then Drew gets the tag and he runs riot over the heels. McIntyre drops Jinder, knocks Shanky off the apron, and goes out and hits a belly-to-belly on Veer. Shanky comes in after Drew hits a spinebuster to Mahal, but Drew catches him with a Michonoku driver. McIntyre counts down and hits a Claymore for the win!
Winners: Drew McIntyre & The Viking Raiders
The music interrupts and out comes Drew McIntyre to a big pop. Drew levels Sheamus at ringside and then rushes the ring to brawl with Lashley. Drew ends up sending Lashley to the floor with a clothesline. Drew chases Lashley at ringside but Lashley rocks him against the apron. Priest clotheslines Sheamus over the barrier, into the crowd. McIntyre grabs Lashley and delivers a big belly-to-belly overhead throw at the announce table at ringside. Drew grabs Lashley again and slams him through the announce table with a big suplex. The table collapses and Lashley is laid out in the debris as fans pop. Back to commercial.
WWE Champion Bobby Lashley and Sheamus vs. WWE United States Champion Damian Priest and Drew McIntyre
Back from the break and the tag team match is underway as Drew McIntyre beats Sheamus around. WWE Champion Bobby Lashley and WWE United States Champion Damian Priest watch from the corners.
Sheamus turns it around but Drew clotheslines him out of the corner. Drew with a snap suplex for a 2 count. Lashley tags in and unloads on Drew in the corner now. The referee warns him. Lashley with shoulder thrusts now as MVP encourages him. Drew ends up dropping Lashley but Lashley rocks him in the throat to turn it back around. Sheamus tags in and goes at it with Drew. Drew kicks him and holds him for the quick double team as Priest comes in.
Priest with a flying back elbow to take Sheamus down. Priest keeps the offense going on Sheamus and hits a Broken Arrow for a 2 count. Sheamus runs into an elbow in the corner. Lashley distracts Priest, allowing Sheamus to knock him to the floor. Lashley rams Priest into the barrier. Lashley scoops Priest on his shoulders and runs him into the ring post. Priest goes down as the referee counts. Lashley launches Priest into the barrier. Lashley scoops Priest again and runs him into the ring post one more time. Priest goes back down and we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Sheamus slams Priest for a 2 count. Priest keeps fighting but Sheamus slams him in the middle of the ring for another close 2 count. Lashley tags back in to take over, keeping control of Priest. Lashley weakens Priest now and wears him down in the middle of the ring. Priest fights back to his feet and reaches for a tag as fans rally. Lashley brings Priest back to their corner and in comes Sheamus, stomping away on Priest in the corner.
Priest fights out of a hold and then counters a suplex. Priest with punches to the ribs. Priest with a big kick but he misses. Sheamus with the Irish Curse backbreaker, holding it in position to pose as fans boo. Sheamus with big forearms to the back now. Priest fights him off with back elbows. Priest and Priest both go down after colliding. Lashley and Drew get the hot tags now.
Drew unloads on Lashley and man-handles him some as fans go wild. Lashley with a reverse neckbreaker and a kip-up for a pop. Drew calls for the Claymore but stops to knock Sheamus off the apron. Lashley takes advantage and chokeslams Drew into the mat. Lashley waits in the corner now. He charges for the Spear but hits the ring post as Drew side-steps. Sheamus tags back in and beats Drew up in the corner. Drew gets sent to the apron. Drew rocks Sheamus and goes to the top but Sheamus cuts him off and climbs up. Sheamus hits the super White Noise but Drew kicks out just in time. Sheamus can’t believe it.
Sheamus waits in the corner for the Brogue Kick but Drew dodges it. Drew shoves Sheamus into a Priest kick as he tags in. Priest with a leg lariat from the second rope. Priest runs over and knocks Lashley off the apron. Priest is briefly distracted by Lashley at ringside, then he runs into a knee strike from Sheamus. MVP and Lashley take the WWE Title belt and start walking out on the match as fans boo. Drew tags in and delivers a Claymore to Sheamus as he turns around. Drew covers for the pin to win.
Winners: Drew McIntyre and Damian Priest
We see what happened earlier in the opening tag team match. Drew McIntyre and Damian Priest are backstage talking. Damian thanks Drew for having his back earlier. Drew congratulates Priest on beating Sheamus. Priest talks more about how he feels like he’s living a dream. Drew mentions how he and Sheamus used to go drinking pints together, but tonight Priest is coming out with him to see how he measures up.
Kayla Braxton is backstage with Drew McIntyre now. She asks about tonight’s main event between Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley, but he doesn’t care who wins as long as they beat the hell out of each other. Regarding MACE and T-BAR, he has more questions than answers. Why do they keep attacking him, why did they lose the stupid masks and keep the stupid names, who are they working for, and more. Drew goes on and says whatever is meant to happen will happen with them, but he’s more focused on winning the WWE Title back at WrestleMania Backlash. Strowman walks up and has words with McIntyre. Strowman declares he’s walking out of Backlash with the title. Drew says maybe not, but for now Strowman just needs to leave. They stare each other down and Braun backs off.
Bobby Lashley vs. Braun Strowman
We go back to the ring for tonight’s non-title main event as WWE Champion Bobby Lashley makes his way out with MVP. Lashley poses in the corner as pyro goes off and fans boo him. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes Braun Strowman as Lashley waits in the ring. They lock up and tangle into the corner as the referee backs Lashley off. Lashley with a thrust to the gut. Strowman smashes Lashley back into the corner and delivers back elbows but Lashley fights out. Lashley delivers a big shoulder but it doesn’t move Strowman. Strowman stares at him and charges but Lashley ducks, then drops him with a swinging neckbreaker for a barely 1 count.
Lashley charges but Strowman puts him down with one hand. Strowman goes for the running powerslam but Lashley counters. Strowman sends Lashley over the top rope to the floor. Lashley walks around and takes his time, regrouping with MVP now. Lashley gets back on the apron but Strowman knocks him off. Strowman brings it back in and hits a big running splash in the corner. He goes for another but Lashley gets boots up. Lashley runs over Strowman with a clothesline for a quick 1 count. Lashley goes for an arm submission now but Strowman works to get back to his feet. Strowman avoids a Hurt Lock attempt it appears.
Strowman goes to club Lashley to the mat but the music interrupts and out comes Drew McIntyre. Strowman drops Lashley and exits the ring to face off with Drew at ringside. Lashley attacks from behind and drops Strowman at ringside. Lashley approaches Drew and offers his fist for a bump of respect but Drew just stares at him. Strowman is still down against the barrier as Lashley and Drew stare at each other. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Strowman fights with Lashley as Drew joins the announcers for commentary. Lashley drops Strowman for a close 2 count. Lashley puts boots to Braun in the corner now as the referee warns him. Lashley clubs Strowman with forearms on the ropes now as MVP barks orders from ringside.
Lashley sends Strowman head-first into the ring post and he hits hard. Lashley continues to dominate Strowman now. Lashley manhandles Strowman to the mat, working on his face now. MVP and Drew have some words at ringside. Lashley with a running shoulder on Braun in the corner now. The referee warns Lashley again as he continues to pound on Braun in the corner. Lashley backs up and charges, delivering another huge right hand to the face to put Braun back down and daze him.
Lashley mounts Strowman in the corner with strikes now. Lashley poses over Braun but Braun comes out of the corner with the champ on his shoulders. Strowman slams Lashley to the mat from up high. Fans pop for the bump but Lashley kicks out at 2. Strowman with a running splash in the corner. Strowman tosses Lashley across the ring now. Strowman drops Lashley with ease. Lashley avoids the running powerslam and goes for The Hurt Lock in the middle of the ring. Strowman fights him off with a back elbow. Strowman delivers a sidewalk slam instead.
Lashley rolls to the floor to regroup with MVP. Braun runs around the ring but Lashley side-steps and shoves Braun into McIntyre and the announcers. Drew and Braun get into it now. They argue and get a bit physical. Braun returns to the ring but Drew argues with him from the apron. Lashley charges with a Spear, nailing it right as Braun turns around. Lashley covers for the pin to win.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
After the bell, Drew enters and immediately levels Lashley with a big Claymore Kick. Drew waits in the corner again and delivers a second Claymore to Strowman as he gets up. Drew stands tall as his music hits. Graves reveals that Adam Pearce has just made Lashley vs. McIntyre in a non-title match for next week’s WrestleMania Backlash go-home edition of RAW. RAW goes off the air with McIntyre standing tall.
We see Drew watching the The Miz vs. Bobby Lashley title match backstage.
Drew McIntyre is backstage with Sarah Schreiber. She asks about being the presumptive challenger for the WWE Title. McIntyre gets heated and goes on about being the only challenger there is. He rants about Bobby Lashley and says he could’ve gone after the biggest challenger, but he attacked Drew after Elimination Chamber instead to help Miz win the WWE Title. He goes on about beating Brock Lesnar but Sheamus suddenly attacks out of nowhere. Sheamus unloads on Drew and they brawl around the backstage area. Sheamus is tired of living in Drew’s shadow and will make the rest of his life full of misery. Sheamus heads off and declares that this is not over yet. Drew storms off and we go back to commercial.
We see what just happened with Sheamus and Drew McIntyre. Drew is furious backstage now. He stops at Adam Pearce and tells him he will set up a No DQ match against Sheamus tonight. Pearce apparently nods and McIntyre storms off.
No DQ Match: Sheamus vs. Drew McIntyre
We go back to the ring for tonight’s No DQ match as Sheamus makes his way out. Drew McIntyre immediately attacks him and beats him down to the ringside area.
Drew brings it into the ring and we get the bell. Drew keeps control until Sheamus kicks his way out of the corner. They trade big right hands now. Sheamus with a big shoulder to drop Drew. Drew comes back and runs over Sheamus. Drew stomps the hand and rocks Sheamus with a right. Xavier Woods vs. Shelton Benjamin is confirmed for later tonight.
Sheamus turns it around out of the corner with a thumb to the eye. Sheamus runs into a back elbow in the corner. Drew goes up but Sheamus takes the leg out, sending him to the mat on his back. Sheamus stomps away now. Drew sends him to the apron but he drops Drew over the top rope. Sheamus goes to the top rope and hits the flying clothesline for a 2 count. Sheamus keeps control and takes it back to the floor. Drew counters and whips Sheamus shoulder-first into the steel ring steps. Drew tosses Sheamus over the announce table now as the announce team scatters.
Drew pounds on Sheamus while he’s laid out in Tom’s chair. Sheamus turns it around at ringside and drops Drew with a clothesline. Sheamus brings a kendo stick from under the ring and swings it but Drew blocks it. Drew works Sheamus around and tosses him over the barrier into the virtual crowd. Drew takes apart the steel steps now. He brings Sheamus back over the barrier and slams him on top of the bottom half of the steps. Drew rolls Sheamus back in and goes over to grab the kendo stick. Drew brings the stick into the ring but Sheamus low blows him with the rope on the way in.
Sheamus kicks Drew again and runs over him with a shoulder. Sheamus grabs the stick as fans boo him. Sheamus unloads with the kendo stick while Drew is down. Sheamus holds Drew down with a boot on the jaw as fans boo him. Drew gets up but Sheamus continues to beat on him with the stick. Sheamus hits the rolling senton for a 2 count. Sheamus grounds Drew now with a submission, stretching his jaws as fans try to rally. Drew finally comes back with a big overhead belly-to-belly, and another big toss for a pop. Drew drops Sheamus again and kips up for a pop in the middle of the ring.
Drew grabs the kendo stick as Sheamus gets up to face off. Sheamus charges but Drew starts beating him with the kendo stick. Drew with a side Russian leg sweep using the stick. Sheamus kicks out at 2.
Drew keeps control and brings it back to ringside. Sheamus counters a slam and shoves Drew face-first into the ring post. Sheamus lifts Drew high and chokeslams him hard into the top of the announce table. We go to commercial with Sheamus in control.
Back from the break and they’re going at it. Sheamus with the Cloverleaf submission now. Drew fights the hold off. They get up trading shots and Drew nails a big Spinebuster for a close 2 count in the middle of the ring. They both get up but Drew runs into boots in the corner. Sheamus pulls himself back up to the top turnbuckle. Drew charges but eats a knee to the face. Drew manages to crotch Sheamus on the top but he also goes down on the mat. Drew ends up climbing to the top and nailing a big superplex but Sheamus kicks out at 2.
Sheamus shoves Drew off but Drew kicks him. Sheamus scoops Drew for White Noise in the middle of the ring but Drew kicks out at 2. Sheamus goes out and brings a steel chair back in. He goes to swing it but Drew rocks him in the face. Drew picks the chair up and smacks Sheamus over the back with it. Drew nails the Futureshock DDT on top of the chair but Sheamus still kicks out.
Sheamus crawls for the chair while Drew is already up, waiting in the corner for the finish. Drew charges but Sheamus gets up and throws the chair at his head. Sheamus quickly follows up with a big knee but Drew kicks out just in time. Sheamus jabs the chair at Drew while he’s down, then wedges the chair in the corner between two turnbuckles. Sheamus collapses to his knees but he’s still in it.
Sheamus tries to send Drew into the wedged chair but Drew counters and sends Sheamus into it. Drew comes right back with a Claymore but it knocks Sheamus through the ropes to the floor as fans pop. Drew also goes to the floor but he’s slow to capitalize. Sheamus is down on the floor. Sheamus barely connects a Brogue Kick on the floor out of nowhere.
They both get up with half of the steel steps, holding them above their heads. They charge at each other and the steps collide, sending them both to the floor. Fans chant “this is awesome!” now but both Superstars are laid out from the steel colliding. Drew is down on the other side of the barrier. The referee calls the match.
After the match, other officials rush down to tend to Sheamus. Drew is seen stumbling around on the other side of the barrier but he can’t get up. Officials also check on Drew as we get multiple replays. We get more replays and more shots of both Superstars being tended to by medics and officials. We go to commercial.
We go right to the ring and Mike Rome introduces WWE Champion Drew McIntyre. He marches to the ring as we see highlights from his win over WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg at the Royal Rumble.
Drew takes the mic and says we are turning it up a notch tonight, this is no ordinary RAW. Drew says we are officially on the Road to WrestleMania 37 now. He starts recalling Royal Rumble happenings and specifically gives praise to Bianca Belair for her big win. Drew brings up the Men’s Royal Rumble but the music hits and out comes the winner, WWE Hall of Famer Edge.
Drew talks to Edge with respect, about his retirement and then his return. Edge says he likes Drew and has been a mentor to him, but he wants to be blunt… Edge wonders what is wrong with Drew? Edge points out how he is able to challenge Drew because of the Rumble win and he is an immediate viable threat, but instead of showing him with compliments as he entered the ring, Drew should’ve attacked. Drew says that is not the kind of champion he is, he’s not an opportunist. Edge agrees and says Drew is not like him. The music interrupts and out comes Sheamus. He congratulates Edge and says Edge should be flattered over Drew’s comments. Sheamus isn’t happy. Sheamus talks about how Drew has found success while Edge was sitting at home. Sheamus says Drew has been his friend for many years and Drew might want to take the high road but he doesn’t. Drew interrupts and calms Sheamus. Drew says Edge can make his WrestleMania decision or he can do it for him. Edge says he will make his decision and it will be known, but Drew should know he’s playing a dangerous game and has a big target on his back. Sheamus briefly talks some trash to Edge. Edge says we will know when he makes his decision, but everyone should know that he’s walking out of WrestleMania as a champion.
Edge makes his exit as the music hits. Drew raises his WWE Title in the air and looks on. Drew turns back around and Sheamus levels him with a big Brogue Kick. Fans boo Sheamus as he leaves the ring. We get a replay of the kick. Sheamus stands tall on the stage as his music hits up. Drew is down in the ring as we go to commercial.
We see Drew McIntyre backstage waiting for his interview. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and WWE Champion Drew McIntyre is backstage with Charly Caruso. She brings up Sheamus’ heel turn and the earlier promo wit WWE Hall of Famer Edge. Charly says Sheamus hasn’t given an explanation for the attack, but she wants to know how Drew feels. Drew first says it would be an honor to face Edge at WrestleMania 37. Regarding Sheamus, he says family fights all the time and they’ve fought before but this is different. He doesn’t know what to say… yes, he does. Drew says if Sheamus is willing to throw away their 20 year friendship, the ups and downs, over the WWE Title… then so be it. Drew says if Sheamus wants the match, he’s got it.
WWE Title Match: Bill Goldberg vs. Drew McIntyre
Tom is joined at ringside by Samoa Joe and Byron Saxton. The familiar music starts up for tonight’s opener and we go backstage to the locker room door of WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg. Fans chant “Goldberg!” as security escorts him through the backstage area. Goldberg makes his entrance as the pyro goes off on the stage. Goldberg hits the ring as we cut to a video package for this match. Out next comes WWE Champion Drew McIntyre with his sword entrance.
Drew hits the ring and raises the title as more pyro goes off to a pop. Drew and Goldberg stare each other down. The bell rings and we get formal ring introductions from Mike Rome as the two competitors talk trash in the middle of the ring. The trash talking continues as the referee raises the title. Drew strikes first and then delivers a big Spear out of nowhere.
Drew follows Goldberg to the floor and attacks. Goldberg counters and sends Drew into the steel ring steps. The match has not officially started. Goldberg charges and sends Drew flying through the barrier with a Spear. Goldberg returns to the ring as the referee checks on McIntyre. The match still has not started.
Drew returns to the ring but he’s clutching his ribs. Goldberg waits. Drew tells the referee to ring the damn bell as he checks on him. Goldberg charges but Drew rocks him. Drew then immediately nails a Claymore Kick for a close 2 count. Drew goes for another Claymore but it’s ducked. Goldberg delivers a Spear. Goldberg waits in the corner for Drew to get back up. Goldberg delivers another Spear but Drew kicks out just in time for a pop.
Goldberg calls for the Jackhammer but delivers a knee to stun Drew again. Goldberg delivers the Jackhammer in the middle of the ring but Drew kicks out. Goldberg can’t believe it.
Goldberg goes for a Spear in the corner but he hits hard as Drew moves. Drew waits in the opposite corner now. Goldberg slowly turns around and Drew levels him with a Claymore. Drew covers for the pin to retain.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
After the match, the music hits as Drew stands tall with the title, raising it in the air as fans cheer. We go to replays. The music stops as Goldberg and Drew stare each other down. Goldberg walks over and nods several times in a show of respect. They shake hands and embrace as Drew’s music starts back up. Goldberg raises Drew’s hand as the crowd cheers them on. Drew is all smiles before they embrace again. Goldberg makes his exit as Drew looks on. Drew goes to the corner and raises the WWE Title with the WrestleMania 37 sign hanging in the background.
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