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HEYDORN’S WWE RAW REPORT
FEBRUARY 10, 2020
LIVE FROM ONTARIO, CA
AIRED ON USA NETWORK
Announcers: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, and Jerry “The King” Lawler
-The show opened with the standard Monday Night Raw intro. When it finished, pyro blared in the arena and the announce team welcomed the audience to the program. Tom Phillips said they were on the road to WrestleMania and followed that with hype of tonight’s major matches including Asuka vs. Becky Lynch for the Raw Women’s Championship and Drew McIntyre inside MVP’s VIP Lounge.
Heydorn’s Analysis: MVP’s VIP Lounge? Well alright then. Call me intrigued. Out of nowhere? Absolutley, but call me intrigued nonetheless.
-When the intro and hype wrapped, the shot cut to Seth Rollins in the ring with his group including AOP and Buddy Murphy.
Heydorn’s Analysis: *cough* I meant just Murphy. Just Murphy, folks.
Rollins was officially introduced and he welcomed everyone to Raw. He said he was proud to stand in the ring as the audience’s Monday Night Messiah and the audience booed. From there, he said he was not sure if that name at first, but it has grown on him. He said he realized it was good because he understood that it was hard for the crowd to make tough choices. He said he was there to make those tough choices and lead the company into the future. The audience booed once again. Rollins continued and said that before they could look to the future, he needed to address the past. He then cued up a highlight package that detailed last week’s elimination match involving his guys, Kevin Owens, and the Viking Raiders. When the video package ended, Rollins continued and blamed Kevin Owens and the Viking Raiders for costing him a shot at the WWE Championship. Rollins kept going and said forgiveness is a virtue, but that his patience with Owens and company is wearing thin. He said that they are there to preach a message of unity and they wouldn’t leave the ring until the message was heard.
Heydorn’s Analysis: Good stuff. Rollins had a fresh look and his MNM narrative felt fresh due to the way he framed it up. Last week, he came across too much like his old whiny heel self from 2015. This was more in line with the recent (and more effective) heel character.
In response, Kevin Owens hit the ring to a decent pop from the audience. Owens stood on the ramp and soaked in “KO” chants. Before he spoke, Rollins told him not to get in over his head and said that that was what happened to Samoa Joe and Ivar and they got taken out. Rollins said whether Owens likes it or not, he was his Monday Night Messiah. The audience booed loudly. Rollins said that if Owens decides to stand alone like a martyr, he would fall alone. Owens spoke next and said that Rollins sounds stupid each week while running his mouth in the ring. He also said that Rollins looked stupid too. From there, he continued and said that while Rollins keeps talking, he keeps fighting. Owens said that Rollins was wrong because he wasn’t alone. This prompted the Viking Raiders to walk out and stand beside him. Rollins responded to this and said that Owens never had a problem finding partners, but keeping them upright. Owens joked and tried knocking them over before confirming to Rollins that they were ok. He and the Viking Raiders then charged the ring and the brawl ensued. As everyone was doing battle, Samoa Joe hit the ring and got the Kokina Clutch locked in on Rollins to a big reaction. The fighting continued until Murphy was left alone in the ring. Owens hit the Stunner on him and caused him to roll out of the ring. From there, Owens and his crew celebrated as Rollins and company ran off.
Heydorn’s Analysis: Everything that was supposed to get a reaction got one. To that end, it worked. At the same time, it seems like this rivalry has stagnated in this spot. Big brawls and big tag matches. It’s time for a little more storytelling and a little more meaning behind what is going on.
-As they did, Becky Lynch’s music hit to a big reaction. She posed at the top of the ramp and then made her way down to the ring. Once she got to the ring, she posed as the show went to commercial break. (c)
-Out of the break, Asuka made her way to the ring with Kairi Sane at her side. She cut a promo in Japanese as she walked down the ramp. She taunted Becky Lynch and laughed at her before getting into the ring. Once she did, official introductions were made and the match began.
(1) ASUKA w/Kairi Sane vs. BECKY LYNCH – WWE Raw Women’s Championship
Both women tied up to start the match. Asuka took over early with a headlock and grounded Lynch with it until Lynch broke the hold and pushed Asuka into the ropes. From there, Asuka bounced off and connected with a shoulder tackle. After, both women tied up again and this time, Lynch took control. She worked Asuka’s arm, but Asuka battled back with strikes before locking in a headlock again. Asuka took Lynch down with that move, but Becky countered it into a side headlock of her own. Eventually, Lynch connected with a shoulder tackle and showed Asuka her muscles to taunt her back.
Heydorn’s Analysis: I like the pace of this match thus far. The counters are crisp and both women look to be on relatively even ground. They are working to hook the audience and it’s working.
At that point, both women exchanged strikes. As they did, Kairi Sane distracted Lynch which gave Asuka the opportunity to kick her off the ring apron and to the floor. With Lynch lying on the outside, the show went to commercial break. (c)
Out of the break, the action continued. Asuka was firmly in control and had a inverted arm submission fully locked into place. Jerry Lawler said that nobody has put Lynch to the test like Asuka had. Not even Rhonda Rousey. From there, Asuka whipped Lynch into the ropes, but Lynch countered with an elbow to the face. She followed that up with a series of clotheslines before kicking her int he midsection and connecting with a flying forearm. After, she made the cover, but only got a two count. Out of the pin, Lynch hit Asuka with more strikes. Eventually, Asuka countered the strikes into a rollup pin, but only got a two count. Out of that pin, Lynch tried for a running clothesline, but got a knee to the face instead. After that, Asuka slammed Lynch to the mat with a front t-bone suplex and covered, but only got a two count. Out of he pin, both women were slow to get to their feet. Asuka charged, but Lynch tossed her out of the ring. She followed that with a dropkick through the ropes. After that, Lynch leapt off the apron for a flying forearm shot, but Kairi Sane pushed Asuka out of the way and took the move herself. Asuka then hit Lynch from behind to gain momentum. She rolled Becky back into the ring and charged at her, but got a boot to the face. Lynch worked to capitalize, but Asuka countered it into a knee strike before making the cover for a two count.
Heydorn’s Analysis: The great pace continues. Thus far, I like the counters and Kairi Sane sacrificing herself for Asuka was a fun little element. Good stuff.
Out of the pin, the audience chanted for Lynch. Asuka brought her to her feet and then slammed her shoulder first into the ring post. After, Asuka tried for the hip attack, but got tangled in the ropes. There, Lynch locked in the Disarmer, but had to quickly break the hold because of he ropes. From there, the action took place on the apron. Becky connected with a stiff reverse neckbreaker on the apron and with both women down, the show went to break. (c)
Heydorn’s Analysis: That yielded a very loud thud. Why the apron bumps? Just not necessary.
After commercials, both women battled on the top rope. Asuka nailed Lynch with a superplex and made the cover, but only got a two count. Out of the pin, Asuka crushed Lynch with a running kick and followed that with an arm bar. Lynch writhed in pain until she deadlifted Asuka into the air before slamming her into the mat to a big response from the crowd. After, she made the cover, but only got a two count. Out of the pin, Lynch climbed to the top rope and jumped off for her leg drop. Asuka countered it directly into the Asuka lock and kept that hold firmly into place and Lynch tried to reach the ropes. Eventually, Lynch broke the hold and Asuka rolled her up for a pin. Both women exchanged pin attempts until Lynch hit the Man-Handle Slam for the 1,2,3 win.
Heydorn’s Analysis: Really good match with a well executed finish. A nice cherry on top of the Lynch/Asuka feud. Both women have great chemistry together and that was on display here.
-After the match, Shayna Baszler attacked Lynch from behind and the audience booed loudly as it went down. Baszler briefly put Lynch in her submission finisher, but released it and bit her on the back of her neck instead. Baszler had blood on her face after the bite and left the ring. Back in the ring, Lynch screamed in pain with blood all over neck and hair. From there, the medics hit the ring to check on her. Lynch said she was fine, but continued to yell in pain as they tried to clean her up. The show then went to break. (c)
Heydorn’s Analysis: Wow. Well I certainly wouldn’t have guessed that that was how we’d see Baszler kick off her feud with Becky. Biting? As strange as it sounds, it worked well and differentiated Baszler from others who have tried similar attacks. She stands out here as a bit more demented, intense, and evil in her approach. Well done and as always, Lynch sold it perfectly.
-Out of the break, Mojo Rawley stood in the ring with Riddick Moss. As they finished their entrance, Lynch was showed be tended to by medical officials backstage. Lynch said she didn’t need help.
Heydorn’s Analysis: Smart follow-up. That was a big angle that needed time to breathe in favor of just moving into another segment. This quick backstage look provided that and the commentary around it drove home the importance as well.
-The Street Profits made their entrance and partied with the crowd on the way to the ring. Once they got to the ring, the audience chanted “we want the smoke.” From there, they spoke and addressed Rawley. They called him a coward and made fun of his relationship with Rob Gronkowski. They then said they wanted the smoke and the match began.
(2) THE STREET PROFITS vs. MOJO RAWLEY & RIDDICK MOSS
Dawkins took over early and slammed Moss to the mat. From there, he tagged Montez Ford into the match. Ford hit his top rope splash and made the cover for the 1,2,3 win.
WINNER: Street Profits via pinfall
Heydorn’s Analysis: Well, that’s a little more for the Street Profits, but not enough. They bring too much to the table to just be used as comedic foil for the heel 24-7 Champion.
-After the match, Mojo Rawley attempted to check-in on his partner. As he did, Riddick Moss rolled him up for the 1,2,3 win and to become the new 24-7 Champion.
Heydorn’s Analysis: For the first couple weeks of Rawley’s reign, he brought a fresh sense of seriousness to the 24-7 title. Seriousness graded on a curve anyway. By the looks of things, we’re back to the same old, same old with this belt. Yawn.
-Becky Lynch was showed walking backstage with officials. They worked to get her into the ambulance and instead of getting into the back, she climbed into the front and drove it away with the sirens on.
Heydorn’s Analysis: She stole the ambulance? She’s driving herself to the hospital? I’m not entirely sure, but it doesn’t matter. The crowd didn’t pop for the spot. Like, at all. Too silly. They struck a right tone early on, but this was too much.
-MVP walked out to the ring to a small reaction from the audience. The show then went to break. (c)
-Out of the break, MVP stood in the ring and was officially introduced. After, the audience chanted “MVP” and he spoke. He said it had been a long time and that he shouldn’t have left. He welcomed everyone to the VIP Lounge and said that after ten years he couldn’t think of a better guest than Drew McIntyre. From there, he introduced McIntyre and Drew made his way down to the ring. McIntyre featured a fresh look without the long coat. Instead, he sported jeans and black jacket.
Heydorn’s Analysis: A smart adjustment to his look. This made McIntyre look more comfortable and authentic. Still intense and every bit the star, but real.
Once he got to the ring, Drew grabbed a microphone and pointed it at the crowd. The audience chanted “Drew”. He said “what’s up Cali” and then apologized to MVP for knocking over his red ropes. MVP said it was ok because he was just being him. From there, MVP hyped Drew and talked about his Royal Rumble win. MVP said he was going to WrestleMania which prompted Drew to point at the WrestleMania sign. MVP then gave Drew some advice. He said he wanted him to focus on the prize and not worry about the people talking behind his back. McIntyre responded back and asked if people were talking and what they were saying. Drew asked MVP to tell him about it and MVP did. He told Drew that he wasn’t ready to be the WWE Champion and the audience booed. MVP said that together, they would change that. In response, Drew said that “we” didn’t win the Royal Rumble.
MVP spoke again and said that Drew needed someone like him to handle the load of interviews and media appearances so he wouldn’t get distracted. The audience booed loudly. Drew spoke again and said that there was the catch. Drew confirmed that MVP wanted to be his advocate and then told him the difference between him and Brock Lesnar. He said that he didn’t need an external brain talking for him or thinking for him. He said he didn’t need a business partner to kiss his ass. MVP spoke again and said that Drew needed him. Drew tried to walk away, but MVP grabbed his arm. In response, Drew nailed MVP with a headbutt and then destroyed the VIP Lounge set. From there, he counted down 3,2,1 and then crushed MVP with a Claymore Kick.
Heydorn’s Analysis: That worked though it was almost too over the top and too obvious as to the goal. Part of the Drew charm within his rise to the top here is that WWE isn’t openly pushing him obviously. I mean, they are, but they worked at not obviously showing that push outright. This segment walked up to that line, but didn’t cross it. McIntyre delivered and though MVP was a strong heel figure, he was strong enough to merit a big pop for the Claymore.
-A recap video aired that detailed the recent events between Edge and Randy Orton. The show then went to break. (c)
-Out of the break, Angel Garza made his way to the ring. When they got to the ring, Zelina Vega spoke and said she wanted to show the world why Garza was a mans man. She then cued up a video that detailed the events concerning him, Humberto Carrillo, and Rey Mysterio from last week. When it ended, Garza spoke and gloated. He called himself a mans man, but also a ladies man. The audience booed. He said he was a ladies man because there wasn’t a woman in the world that could resist him. From there, Humberto Carrillo hit the ring and attacked Garza. He connected with a spinebuster takedown, but the brawl was broken up before it could really get started. Eventually, Cedric Alexander ran down and his match began.
Heydorn’s Analysis: Not a great pop for Carrillo, but something. Humberto sporting an edge works well and is something the audience can get behind even if it happens over a long period of time.
(3) CEDRIC ALEXANDER vs. ANGEL GARZA w/Zelina Vega
Both men brawled to start things off. The action eventually spilled to the outside with Alexander taking the upper hand. Alexander looked to capitalize and tried for a move off the top rope, but Garza countered with a kick to the face. He then hit the Wing Clipper and made the cover for the 1,2,3 win.
WINNER: Garza via pinfall
Heydorn’s Analysis: Not a big win for Garza, but one that solidifies in the midst of a low level push. He lived up to that push here.
-After the match, the announce team played a recap of last week’s event on Raw between Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley. When it ended, Rhea Ripley was interviewed backstage. She said that she wasn’t waiting for answer from Charlotte because she doesn’t wait for things. She said she goes out and gets what she wants. As Charly Caruso asked another question, Sarah Logan interuppted. Logan called Ripley out and asked her if she thought she could do whatever she wanted on Raw. Ripley asked Logan who she was before smirking and walking off. The show then went to break. (c)
Heydorn’s Analysis: Ripley continues to portray herself as a major star. We’re surely in line for a squash match here and that will help that portrayal.
-Out of the break, Bobby Lashley with Lana at his side was interviewed backstage. Lana interuppted the question and told the interviewer to be more respectful because he was warming up. Lana said that Ricochet got lucky last week and stole Lashley’s opportunity last week. Lashley then spoke and said that Ricochet took advantage of an opportunity last week. He said that Ricochet didn’t anticipate Lashley facing him and destroying him this week. He said that Ricochet won’t make it to Super Showdown and that Brock Lesnar could thank him for the help.
Heydorn’s Analysis: A decent heel promo from Lana and Lashley. Both unlikable, but Lashley still needs his credibility back. It’s hard to take him seriously after what has happened with his character due to Lana/Lashley.
-Sarah Logan made her entrance and cut a promo while she did. Logan said she would protect her turf at all costs before calling Ripley out. In response, Ripley walked out. Once she got to the ring, Charlotte Flair made her entrance and stood on the ramp. From there, the match began.
(4) RHEA RIPLEY vs. SARAH LOGAN
Ripley took over out of the gate and stared down Charlotte before each move. Ripley then hit the Riptide and covered for the 1,2,3 win.
WINNER: Ripley via pinfall
-After the match, Ripley got on the microphone and asked Charlotte where her answer was. Charlotte said that that was simply how she operates. Instead, Rhea said that maybe she just enjoys being a pain instead. Charlotte responded and pointed out that because of Ripley’s title match on Sunday, she might not be champion at WrestleMania. From there, Charlotte’s music hit and both her and Ripley talked back and forth before the show went to break. (c)
Heydorn’s Analysis: I like the promo work from both women, but because of the title match on Sunday between Ripley and Belair, this deal with Charlotte is in a holding pattern. It’s the worst kind of holding pattern too as it foreshadows the match on Sunday that the booking is waiting for.
-Out of the break, the announce team hyped the news of WrestleMania 37 taking place in Los Angeles next year. After, a recap video aired that detailed the triple threat match from last week to crown the number one contender to Brock Lesnar at Super Showdown.
-When it ended, Lashley made his way to the ring. After he got in it, Ricochet was interviewed backstage before his entrance. He said he has never backed down from a fight and he never would. Ricochet said he had a dream of being WWE Champion and that facing Lesnar is the biggest opportunity of his career. He said that even if he was hurt, he’d crawl to Super Showdown. He then made his entrance.
Heydorn’s Analysis: The Ricochet narrative continues to be off base. Rather than a small underdog, the money in him is rooted in his athletic prowess. WWE needs to tell that story and Ricochet needs to help himself out by cutting a better promo that highlights that story.
(5) RICOCHET vs. BOBBY LASHLEY
Once Ricochet got down to the ring, the bell rang, and the match began. Ricochet took over early and nailed Lashley with a suicide dive through the ropes. After, he rolled Lashley back into the ring, but then tossed him right out before connecting with another flipping dive over the top rope. The show then went to break. (c)
Out of the break, the action continued. Lashley held control and battered Ricochet around the ring. He tossed him into the ring post. That caused him to fall to the outside of the ring. Lashley followed and continued his attack out there. From there, Lashley rolled Ricochet into the ring and made a cover, but Ricochet kicked out at two. At this point, Lashley put Ricochet into a submission hold as the show cut to a quick commercial break featuring Sonic the Hedgehog.
Heydorn’s Analysis: Look, I get the spot for advertising, but his severely hurts the flow of a match. Especially when the rest hold comes in right at correct moment.
After the spot, Ricochet battled back in the match. He connected with an enziguri and followed that with a rolling dropkick. From there, Ricochet hit a springboard cross body before hitting a standing shooting star press. Ricochet then made a cover, but only got a two count. Out of the pin, Lashley regained control of the match. Lashley attempted a suplex off the top rope, but Ricochet countered it and landed on his feet. From there, he nailed Lashley with a kick and followed that with the 630 for the 1,2,3 win.
WINNER: Ricochet via pinfall
Heydorn’s Analysis: A great counter to end the match. That type of stuff is what will get Ricochet over. If WWE sticks with that and focus on it for the Ricochet presentation, he’ll be a bigger and more impactful star.
-After the match, Ricochet celebrated as the show went to commercial break. (c)
-Out of the break, the announce team recapped the earlier happenings between Becky Lynch and Shayna Baszler. They then broke news and said that Lynch has left the medical facility and was returning to the arena.
-Randy Orton made his way to the ring. He stood on the ring apron and paused as the audience booed him. As they did, Orton looked out at them with a doubtful look on his face. Orton then got into the ring and asked for a microphone. The audience continued to boo. As they did Orton spoke and said that he knows he still owes an explanation for what he did two weeks ago. He paced around the ring a bit, but then said what he did to Edge hurt him more than it hurt Edge. As he was about to continue, Matt Hardy interuppted. He addressed Orton and said he wanted to know why he did what he did. Hardy got in the ring and said that he knows what Orton is thinking regarding the history of him and Edge. He said that history was not a secret. Hardy said that there was a time where nobody on earth hated Edge more than him. He said before that though, they were friends and traveled the world together to live their dream as WWE superstars. Hardy talked about No Mercy 1999 and how he and Edge helped revolutionize the ladder match. Hardy continued and said that when he saw that Edge was forced to retire, his disdain for him left. He said that he and Edge were similar in that they love wrestling and that he couldn’t imagine what his life would be like if it was taken away from him before he was ready. From there, Hardy continued and said that after nine years Edge made the most miraculous return ever. He then said that Orton ruined it and he wanted to know why. As Orton was about to answer, he tried to hit the RKO, but Hardy countered it and connected with some shots. Soon after though, Orton hit the RKO successfully and then rolled out of the ring to get two chairs. From there, Orton setup the chairs and put Matt in position for the Conchairto. Then, just like he did to Edge, he hit the move on Hardy as officials pleaded with him not to. This time, Orton appeared to have a small smirk on his face rather than a look of concern like he did for Edge. From there, Orton rolled out of the ring and walked back up the ramp as the audience booed. The show then went to commercial break. (c)
Heydorn’s Analysis: That worked. Hardy did a nice job of talking about his history with Edge and using that history to build sympathy around him and Edge. Orton then took advantage of that with the attack to build more heat. Check, and check. Really curious to see when this match between Edge and Orton goes down.
-Out of the break, Ruby Riott was interviewed backstage. She talked about her attack on Liv Morgan and said that she knows the real Morgan. She said that Liv could take the color out of her hair and try to sell a new image, but she knows the real person. She said that she came back to put her in her place and prove to Morgan that she makes the final decisions. Riott then walked out of the shot.
Heydorn’s Analysis: That worked very well. Riott was smooth in her delivery and really did a nice job of selling Morgan even though she was the heel. Riott has loads of experience and is the perfect opponent for Liv coming off the new gimmick.
-Aleister Black made his entrance with Akira Tozawa waiting in the ring. Once he got into the ring, the bell rang, and the match began.
(6) ALEISTER BLACK vs. AKIRA TOZAWA
Black took over right out of the gate and dominated. Eventually, he connected with Black Mass and made the cover for the 1,2,3 win.
WINNER: Black via pinfall
-After the match, Black spoke and said that he has enjoyed sharing intimate moments with the audience throughout the last few weeks. He said that he appreciated everyone in attendance, but that he is starting to feel like an animal inside of a cage. He continued and said that though he felt that way, his future opponents were stuck inside the metaphorical cage with him.
Heydorn’s Analysis: Ok? Per the norm, that’s a lot of words from Black, but not a lot of meaning. He needs the latter. Desperately.
-An ambulance pulled up the building and Becky Lynch walked out of it. She then walked up to the building as the show went to break. (c)
-Out of the break, Becky Lynch made her entrance once again. She walked down to the ring and then demanded a microphone. The audience chanted for her and then she spoke. She said that the doctors numbed her up and gave her something good for the pain. From there, she asked where Shayna Baszler was and called her out. Lynch said that Shayna got her attention and that she doesn’t care who she hangs around with because she has rolled through everyone. Lynch said she would take Baszler out week by week and that Baszler better find her before she she finds Baszler. Lynch then left the ring.
Heydorn’s Analysis: To the point and effective. Well done.
-Samoa Joe and Kevin Owens were shown walking backstage with the Viking Raiders. The show then went to commercial break. (c)
-Out of the break, Kevin Owens made his entrance. After him, the Viking Raiders walked out with Samoa Joe joining them next. From there, Rollins and company made their entrance. Once they got down to the ring, the faced off with the babyfaces, and then Rollins grabbed a microphone. He spoke and said that before the match he had one more thing he wanted to say. As he was about to talk, Joe, Owens, and the Viking Raiders attacked. Both sides brawled as the sho went to commercial break. (c)
Out of the break, the action continued. Ivar held control over Murphy and hit a body slam before tagging Joe into the match. Joe hit Murphy with a flurry of punches before whipping him into the ropes and connecting with a back elbow and reverse enziguri.
Heydorn’s Analysis: Tremendous intensity from Joe. He does great work in conveying that he’s in a serious fight.
From there, Kevin Owens hit the ring. He continued the offense and then did the DX crotch chop to Rollins and to a big reaction from the crowd. Owens tagged Erick in after that and Erick made the cover for a two count. Out of the pin, Akam made a blind tag into the match and crushed Erick with a spinebuster. From there, team Rollins held full control of the match and cut the ring in half. Eventually, Erick made the tag and Ivar entered the match. Out of the gate he cleared the ring and connected with a stiff clothesline on Murphy as the show went to break. (c)
Out of the break, the match continued. Murphy took over on Kevin Owens and tossed him to the outside of the ring. While he was out there, Rollins hit Owens with a cheap shot before running away and back toward his corner. After, Murphy tried to slam Owens into the guardrail, but Owens countered and did the same to Murphy. The Owens momentum was short lived as AOP prevented him from making the tag and kept control of the offense. Finally, Owens spiked Murphy’s head into the mat with a DDT and then made the tag to Samoa Joe. Joe hit the ring with fire and decimated Rollins with strikes before nailing him with a big boot that he followed with a running Senton. Form there, he went for a suicide dive, but it was halted by AOP. The Viking Raiders knocked AOP off the apron and then joined Joe in hitting tandem suicide dives through the ropes.
Heydorn’s Analysis: A cool spot to be sure. Joe is the star of the match thus far.
After, Joe turned his attention back to Rollins and tried for a cover, but only got a two count. Out of the pin, each team exchanged kicks. Owens climbed to the top rope and connected with a senton bomb to the outside of the ring where almost all competitors were fighting. Back in the ring, Joe locked in the Kokina Clutch on Murphy. As Joe took him down, Rollins ran in and connected with the Stomp. Murphy then made the cover on Joe for the 1,2,3 win.
WINNER: Rollins, AOP, and Murphy via pinfall
Heydorn’s Analysis: Well, if you thought for some reason that this match would be the blowoff to this feud in some capacity, this outcomes says otherwise. Team Rollins needed the victory if they are still going to be a thing on Raw. That said, as this moves forward, it needs the next chapter to the story. What’s really at stake for these guys now. That’s the question. Good match, though.
NOW CHECK OUT LAST WEEK’S REPORT: HEYDORN’S WWE RAW REPORT 2/3: Alt Perspective coverage of the live show including a triple threat number one contender match between Rollins vs. Ricochet vs. Lashley, Edge and Orton fallout, next steps for Drew McIntyre, and more