WrestleMania season is operating full steam forward because the present of exhibits is about to kick off this coming weekend. Nevertheless, earlier than followers and performers alike can get to that occasion, they need to get by way of one other version of Monday Evening Uncooked and there was rather a lot left to occur earlier than WrestleMania would get right here.
The opening evening began off with former WWE champion, Drew McIntyre. He made it clear that he intends to not solely run by way of Baron Corbin that evening however Bobby Lashley after they face off at WrestleMania. The results of the phase set the stage for Corbin and McIntyre’s battle later that night.
Xavier Woods and AJ Types had been out first to combine issues up after final week’s match resulted in a disqualification. They picked up precisely the place they left off final week, however Types had been capable of get off the very best offense early, even locking within the Calf Crusher on Woods. However Kofi Kingston brought on sufficient of a distraction outdoors the ring that Types let go of the maintain. Moments later, Woods rolled Types as much as decide up the victory heading into their title protection at WrestleMania.
Xavier Woods defeated AJ Types by way of pinfall.
Braun Strowman was out subsequent to organize for his upcoming metal cage match towards Shane McMahon. To take action, he would tackle Elias and Jaxson Ryker in a handicap match.
Strowman’s energy got here into play instantly, throwing Ryker excessive and almost energy slamming Elias. Ryker made the save, and each males began to seek out success leaping Strowman. They didn’t stay in management for lengthy, after each males ate energy slams they usually had been pinned on the identical time, giving Braun the victory.
Braun Strowman defeated Elias and Jaxson Ryker by way of pinfall.
Ladies’s tag staff motion was up subsequent. Asuka and Rhea Ripley are scheduled to battle for the WWE Uncooked Ladies’s title at WrestleMania, however earlier than that, they had been paired collectively to face off towards Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax in non-title motion.
Asuka and Baszler began issues off for his or her respective groups. Neither particular person was capable of get the higher hand, however issues modified with Jax and Ripley had been within the match. That they had a short alternate earlier than Ripley tagged Asuka again in, to her shock. Asuka discovered some preliminary success towards the a lot larger lady, however that stopped with Jax steamrolled her into the mat.
The tag staff champions took over when Baszler attacked Ripley’s knee from behind, permitting Jax to do extra harm outdoors the ring. That continued as soon as Ripley was again within the ring as Baszler had her manner with Ripley, making an attempt to injure her knee. With Ripley remoted, she was put in varied harmful positions.
Ripley was lastly capable of get to Asuka to make the tag, and she or he got here in with steam, laying out Baszler and almost choosing up the win. Nevertheless, issues took a flip for the more serious when Ripley turned on Asuka, permitting Baszler to land a nasty knee to Asuka’s face. Baszler pounced on the downed champion and picked up the victory for his or her staff.
Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax defeated Asuka and Rhea Ripley by way of pinfall.
Bobby Lashley needed to make an instance out of Cedric Alexander, they usually confronted one another in singles motion.
Earlier than the bell rang, Shelton Benjamin ran in and each males began to assault Lashley. Lashley ended up overcoming each males, throwing Benjamin out to the ground. Alexander went on the offense, however in mere seconds he was flattened on the mat. Benjamin tried to offer Alexander a pep talks outdoors the ring, and that resulted in a short flurry from the previous cruiserweight champion.
Again outdoors the ring Alexander acquired in some excessive danger strikes, touchdown two suicide dives. When the motion returned to the ring Alexander continued to roll, even hitting a missile dropkick to drop Lashley. It didn’t take lengthy till Lashley planted him once more, even utilizing the Dominator to drop his former stablemate. After one other spinebuster, Lashley locked within the Damage Lock and Alexander went unconscious, giving the victory to Lashley.
Bobby Lashley defeated Cedric Alexander by way of the referee’s stoppage.
Matt Riddle is heading into WrestleMania along with his United States title on the road. However earlier than he may get there, he must compete towards Mustafa Ali.
Riddle and Ali instantly tied up, with Ali getting the primary benefit, however slipping right into a triangle from Riddle. Riddle was capable of take over however goofing off with Sheamus ringside allowed Ali to take over after hitting a leg swipe takedown.
Again contained in the ring, Ali was rolling till Riddle was capable of get again his ft to land a placing mixture. Ali went low, nevertheless, stepping on Riddle’s ft to sluggish him down. Ali tried to submit Riddle, however the present US champion countered by tossing himself to the mat to land on prime of Ali. Riddle even locked in one other triangle, however Ali was capable of escape as soon as once more.
The tip of the match got here off an incredible counter. Ali almost landed a twister DDT, however Riddle countered into the Bro Derek, dropping Ali, and choosing up the victory.
Matt Riddle defeated Mustafa Ali by way of pinfall.
The principle occasion of the night introduced McIntyre again to the ring to compete towards Corbin.
The 2 large males locked up with neither with the ability to achieve management at first. Corbin appeared like he was doing nicely towards the previous champion early, however it didn’t take lengthy for McIntyre to take over. A nasty clothesline allowed Corbin to get in management, however nothing he landed was capable of put McIntyre away. They ended up outdoors the ring and McIntyre despatched Corbin crashing into the metal stairs.
McIntyre continued to assault Corbin within the ring till he was tossed outdoors after being thrown into the ring publish. Corbin remained in management, even pummeling McIntyre with elbows from the crucifix place. McIntyre battled again, touchdown the Future Shock DDT however Corbin kicked out, persevering with to combat. The 2 males ended up standing toe-to-toe in the midst of the ring, exchanging blows till Corbin hit the Deep Six, simply to see McIntyre kick out once more.
The tip got here when Corbin tried to make use of MVP’s cane, however missed it extensively. On the rebound, McIntyre hit the Claymore to select up the victory.
Drew McIntyre defeated Baron Corbin by way of pinfall.