Mustafa Ali is revealed as the leader of RETRIBUTION

Tonight is the final RAW with the current roster because next week’s show will be night two of the WWE Draft. There’s going to be a lot of placeholder stuff. We are getting a visitor from SmackDown though. Bray Wyatt will be a guest on the Kevin Owens Show after Owens was attacked by The Fiend last Friday. The delayed WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match between Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax and The Riott Squad will take place tonight. And Drew McIntyre will team with The Street Profits to face Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler, and Robert Roode. I’m not entirely sure how that one came about, but it’s probably going to be fun to watch.

I’m Amanda and this is the RAW review.

Match Results

Asuka, Mandy Rose, & Dana Brooke def. Zelina Vega, Natalya, & Lana

Seth Rollins & Murphy def. Humberto Carrillo & Dominik Mysterio

Braun Stroman vs Keith Lee – Double Count-Out

The Hurt Business def. Apollo Crews & Ricochet

Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax def. The Riott Squad

Mustafa Ali vs MVP – NO CONTEST

Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler, & Robert Roode def. Drew McIntyre & The Street Profits

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The Show

Randy Orton opened the show from the room he took the legends out in last week.

He didn’t leave Clash of Champions with the title, he left in an ambulance. He doesn’t remember a lot of the ride, but he remembers the interference of Big Show, Christian, Shawn Michaels, and Ric Flair. In those moments, he saw nothing but darkness and felt nothing but pain. 24 hours later, Drew McIntyre stood in the ring with the legends and the sight made him sick. The poker, the toast with The Street Profits, all of it. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, which is why he reintroduced them to the Legend Killer last week. He wanted to make sure they felt exactly what he did.

They looked around and Big Show started swinging, so he put him down. Then he whispered, ‘Say hi to Edge for me’ before he dropped him. Shawn Michaels had the chair he was sitting on over his head, but he took it from him and kicked his skull in. Ric Flair nearly made it to the door, but Orton got to him first. He wishes he could have seen Drew McIntyre’s reaction. That bill won’t have been paid in full until he’s WWE Champion. It’s not over until he says it is and McIntyre still has hell to pay.

McIntyre wants to cement his legacy. It will be waiting for him if he survives one more match with Orton, inside Hell in a Cell.

Drew McIntyre found him then and slammed him against the wall before he could swing the chair, then pounded on him and yelled at him. It took a lot of officials to drag McIntyre away long enough for Orton to run away.

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Zelina Vega was the first person in the ring, as the first competitor in Zelina Vega, Natalya, & Lana vs Asuka, Mandy Rose, & Dana Brooke. Not a bad opener. Zelina Vega cheated to give her team an advantage. She pulled Asuka off the apron, which proved less effective than Mandy Rose allowing that to distract her and pulling Vega into the ring, leaving herself open to being hit from behind by Natalya. Even when Vega was in the ring legally and had Rose under control, she took a shot at Asuka. Ultimately, Asuka got into the ring, took out all three of her opponents and tagged in Rose to knee Lana in the face and pin her. It’s always Lana who takes the pin.

Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler came to ringside after the match. Zelina Vega was quick enough to get away but Lana and Natalya weren’t. Lana rescued Natalya from Jax’s shoulders, so it was Lana who took another Samoan drop through the announce desk.

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R-Truth got pinned for the 24/7 title by Drew Gulak. Gulak was pretending to be a janitor while Truth was telling Little Jimmy about his mock draft. The ref got hit with Gulak’s mop when Truth ducked and ran. He would have escaped if he hadn’t tripped over the bucket.

MVP talked to Apollo Crews, Ricochet, and Mustafa Ali about the Draft and how it could change careers. He was trying to give one of them an opportunity to join The Hurt Business. After he’d left and Crews had steered Ali away, Ricochet looked tempted.

There was some trouble before Seth Rollins & Murphy vs Humberto Carrillo & Dominik Mysterio. Murphy clearly wasn’t happy and when Rollins told him now wasn’t the time, he said he had some stuff to get off his chest. He’s been Seth’s ideal disciple but the last couple of weeks have meant he needs an apology, not for him, for Aalyah. Rollins kept reminding Murphy of the positioning of disciple and messiah and said he could have shown much worse DMs, where Aalyah talked about how Dominik is the chosen one and her parents don’t acknowledge her accomplishments. It looked like Murphy was going to hit him, but Carrillo and Mysterio turned up and started a pre-match brawl. That finished with Rollins and Murphy being knocked down at ringside by their opponents flying over the top rope, and the match proper started during the break.

Rollins and Murphy were in control, but Murphy got in trouble for tagging himself in and reminded of his place. Murphy tagged himself in again and got yelled at again. Rollins told him he doesn’t need him, at which point Carrillo tagged in and took them both down. They argued again when Murphy help Rollins out after Mysterio smashed him into the barricade. It looked like Humberto Carrillo had things under control but Murphy caught him with a knee to the face as he came off the turnbuckle and pinned him.

After the match, Murphy glared at Rollins and left alone muttering, ‘You don’t need my help’.

Backstage, after a break, Rollins found Murphy and yelled at him. He said it was Murphy who needed to apologise for the last two weeks and he had until 10 pm EST (3 am BST) to find him and do it or there would be hell to pay.

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Braun Strowman came for RAW Underground but it was not happening. He asked Adam Pearce for a match, and Pearce said he can’t give him an official match because he’s not a RAW superstar, but he can give him an exhibition. Keith Lee approached Pearce when Strowman left and said, ‘Sign me up’.

Kevin Owens said he’s usually excited to host the show but tonight is different because he feels different. He’s felt different for a few days and it’s because people are right, when The Fiend touches you it changes you. He feels changed. Tonight’s KO Show isn’t about chatting – he threw the chairs and sign out to make the point – it’s about what happened on SmackDown. He showed the footage and was visibly disturbed after it. He tried to describe what it was like and wondered aloud why the tortured souls have a problem with him. Then he invited Bray Wyatt out.

Instead, Wyatt appeared on the big screen from the Firefly Fun House. He talked about friends and sang a song about friendship with the puppets. Owens said they’re not friends, and invited him down to the ring so he didn’t have to wait until Friday to kick his ass. Bray declined and told Owens to mind his own business about Bliss. Once the Fun House was over, Owens set off up the ramp to find Wyatt and got ambushed by Aleister Black.

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Charlie Caruso interviewed Drew McIntyre, except she didn’t get to ask a question. He pre-empted them by saying he’s going to kick the crap out of Randy Orton every time he’s in the same building with him. He gave his answer to Orton’s Hell in a Cell challenge directly to the camera for Orton to see. The answer’s yes. They both know what that match does to people and he’s not locked in the cell with Orton, Orton is locked in the cell with him. And with his title and legacy on the line, he’s not sending Orton to purgatory, he’s sending him straight to hell.

Braun Strowman got a video package ahead of Braun Strowman vs Keith Lee. There was some strength testing and a brawl on the outside which resulted in a double count-out. Strowman got annoyed and ran Lee through the barricades. Lee got up while Strowman was being led away and they started fighting again. Keith Lee sent Strowman into the LED backboard then ran them both off the stage. Neither of them got up.

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Bianca Belair’s vignette of the week was game night. She won, of course. Please just put her in the damned ring.

Drew Gulak lost the 24/7 title to R-Truth after tripping over a bin containing Akira Tozawa. All three ended up in a dumpster and Truth came out with the belt.

Bobby Lashley and Shelton Benjamin came out without MVP for The Hurt Business vs Apollo Crews & Ricochet. He was with them after a break with more stuff to say. It started with excuses about them being beaten, mentioned offering Crews, Ricochet, and Ali membership, and called out RETRIBUTION. Ricochet passed on joining The Hurt Business saying he’s been on the business end of a beatdown for two months, but he wasn’t running then, and he isn’t running now. MVP told Lashley and Benjamin to punish them but especially Ricochet. And that’s what happened for a lot of the match. Apollo Crews was on fire when he first came in, but he eventually succumbed to The Hurt Lock.

Ali approached The Hurt Business in the corridor and challenged MVP to a match and invited him to bring Lashley and Benjamin to the ring with him so that after he’s done with MVP he could start on Shelton Benjamin and finish with Bobby Lashley.

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Murphy spoke to Aalyah with 12 minutes before his deadline to apologise. She asked if he was still considering apologising and he said he didn’t know and walked away.

Seth Rollins came to the ring to wait for Murphy’s apology. Murphy joined him, but still looked undecided. Rollins said he doesn’t want to string it out, Murphy has had a whole hour to think it through, so just get it over with and they can move forward. When Murphy didn’t start talking, Rollins got persuasive. When Murphy still didn’t apologise he started getting angry and demanded the apology. He grabbed Murphy by the beard then shoved him away.

Murphy launched himself on him and started beating on him. They spilled out of the ring and over the announce desk. Rollins tried to equalise things with a kendo stick, but Murphy took it off him and beat him with it while demanding Rollins apologise to Aalyah. After several shots, he did and begged Murphy to stop hitting him. He took his jacket off and kept apologising until Murphy put the stick down, then jumped on him, dug his thumbs into Murphy’s eyes and destroyed the kendo stick on him. That wasn’t enough so Rollins grabbed a chair, but Aalyah was in the ring when he got back. Dominik came down and pulled her away, closely followed by Rey and Angie. Seth Rollins walked away while the Mysterio family lead a reluctant Aalyah away.

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Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax vs The Riott Squad – WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match – started well for Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan, but it didn’t take long for Jax to take control. Jax and Baszler still don’t like each other, but Jax did reluctantly tag Baszler in. Riott took Baszler’s signature stomp to the elbow and took a lot of punishment to her surgically repaired shoulder. Jax took over after Riott was thrown to the outside and bounced her off the apron going into a break.

Baszler was kicking Riott in the chest when we came back, but Riott nearly tripped her into a pin. Riott finally made the tag and Liv Morgan tried really hard to take on Baszler and Jax, and it worked for about twenty seconds before Jax levelled her. Morgan caught a break when Baszler rammed her own knee into the post. Things looked hopeful for the Riott’s for a brief moment, but Nia Jax prevented their double team on Baszler. It finished with Ruby Riott tapping out in a Kirifuda Clutch that Baszler refused to release until Liv Morgan prised her off.

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Mustafa Ali vs MVP, with Bobby Lashley and Shelton Benjamin, looked like it was going to go very badly for Ali after Lashley and Benjamin joined MVP in the ring. Then RETRIBUTION turned up. Ali joined up with The Hurt Business for a moment, then went to Mace and T-Bar and instructed them to go get them. RETRIBUTION, with strength in numbers, destroyed MVP, Lashley, and Benjamin.

Ali got back in the ring and nodded to RETRIBUTION. They immediately piled into the ring and stood behind him. Mustafa Ali is the leader of RETRIBUTION.

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Drew McIntyre & The Street Profits vs Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode was the main event of the evening. It was a fun match, but rather overshadowed by the revelations before it. Randy Orton was not keen to go one on one with McIntyre unless there was an opportunity for a sneak attack. He did want to show off in front of him though, which was bad news for Montez Ford. McIntyre got to take his frustrations on Roode and Ziggler and very briefly got his hands on Orton before Roode and Ziggler broke it up. The ref was very lenient with how many people were in the ring. Roode and Ziggler had to save Orton again after he took the Street Profits’ double team. It finished with McIntyre lining up Orton for a Claymore, only to have to deliver one to Roode. Before he could recover, Orton hit the RKO and pinned the WWE Champion.

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That was a chaotic and decently entertaining episode of RAW. Ali as the leader of RETRIBUTION is very interesting indeed. There’s no point commenting on the possibilities for future matches or storylines, because starting Friday, everything is subject to change.

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