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WWE Raw Results
The march to Money in the Bank continued on Monday night. We were given a contract signing between WWE Champion Drew McIntyre and Seth Rollins for Money in the Bank. The commentary team also gave us a welcome surprise as Samoa Joe returned behind the desk, replacing Jerry Lawler. What other action did WWE have in store? Here are the full results:
- Aleister Black, Apollo Crews & Rey Mysterio def. Andrade, Angel Garza, & Austin Theory
- Bobby Lashley def. Denzel Dejournette
- Liv Morgan def. Ruby Riott
- Jinder Mahal def. Akira Tozawa
- Andrade (c) def. Apollo Crews to retain the United States Championship
- Cedric Alexander & Ricochet def. Ever-Rise
One of the focal points of Raw this week was Apollo Crews. He got the pin on Andrade in the six man tag to open the show, and then goaded Andrade into putting his belt on the line. Please listen to the echo on the slap he hit Andarde with:
In that match for the US Championship, it would all go wrong for Apollo. He was beaten down mercilessly after the match, failing to capture the title.
WWE announced today that he won’t be able to participate in the Money in the Bank match. It’s a shame since Crews has been on fire recently. Hopefully this doesn’t end WWE’s seemingly renewed faith in him and he gets a proper push soon.
BREAKING: @WWEApollo will no longer be able to compete in the Men's #MITB Ladder Match due to the knee injury he suffered during his #USTitle Match against @AndradeCienWWE on #WWERaw. https://t.co/W4qUhOo1dR
— WWE (@WWE) April 28, 2020
Jinder Mahal returned, so start fantasy booking your 3MB battle between him and Drew McIntyre. Feels weird to see a big return like former WWE Champion Mahal coming back without fans, but it is nice to see him recovered. He squashed Akira Tozawa on his way back in.
As all contract signings in WWE go, the main event one descended into chaos. Rollins’ disciple Murphy was able to hold off McIntyre for a little, but got a Claymore for his trouble. If WWE doesn’t build out Rollins’ stable, it would be easy to see Murphy turn on Rollins sooner rather than later with treatment like that.
WWE Announces New Game
There will be no WWE 2K21, but there will be WWE Battlegrounds. The new game was announced by WWE on Monday. It appears to be a more arcade style game, and it will still be produced by 2K studios. 2K has had success in the arcade game market before (NBA Playgrounds 2 was fun). If there is a lot of John Cena being tossed to alligators, I’m sold on the campy fun. Check out the teaser trailer below.
Cain Velasquez Reportedly Released
Another WWE talent has been let go, but this one had a much shorter tenure than others. Wrestling Observer Radio is reporting that Cain Velasquez has been released in a cost-cutting measure (h/t WrestlingInc). Velasquez’s only televised match was a loss to WWE Champion Brock Lesnar in Saudi Arabia back in October.
One for the Road:
A woman complaining about a New World Order shirt was spotted by Fightful writer Robert DeFelice. No one break it to this woman that NWO is 4 Lyfe.
A woman sees this (not even mainline) NWO shirt at Wal-Mart and now believes there's a conspiracy afoot. pic.twitter.com/Ytx24DlFBG
— Robert DeFelice (@dudefelice) April 27, 2020