We start with a big announcement that at WrestleMania, Bobby Lashley will defend the Championship against Drew McIntyre.
Drew McIntyre Vs. The Miz
After the stage was set for Drew McIntyre to challenge Bobby Lashley at WrestleMania, mayhem broke out as The Miz and Sheamus also entered the fray. McIntyre gladly welcomed a challenge from The Miz and ended a beatdown of The A-Lister with a Hurt Lock submission to clinch the win and send a message to The All Mighty. The King of Claymore Country’s unfinished business tour is officially on. The match ended in 10 minutes
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Match Review: 2/5. Good match, but went too long. No one thought The Miz could win against Drew and so, predictability hurt the match. Drew McIntyre should win all his matches decisively until Wrestlemania.
Naomi and Lana Vs. Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose
With Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax on commentary, the teams of Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose and Naomi & Lana looked make a statement. Asuka’s reemergence to attack Baszler was perhaps the biggest statement, as the Raw Women’s Champion reasserted herself. As the match continued, Brooke hit a spinning neckbreaker on Lana to earn the pin. The match ended in six minutes.
Winner: Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose
Match Review: 1/5. Sloppy match.
The New Day Vs. The Hurt Business – Raw Tag Team Championship Match
The Power of Positivity met The Hurt Business’ hostile takeover in a hotly contested Raw Tag Team Title Match. The New Day earned an impressive 11th title reign, as Xavier Woods teed up Kofi Kingston for a skyscraping Stomp on Shelton Benjamin to secure the title win. AJ Styles & Omos crashed the celebration with a shocking WrestleMania challenge. The match ended in 15 minutes.
Winner: The New Day
Match Review: 3.75/5. Great tag team match with a surprising title change.
Jaxson Ryker Vs. Damian Priest
After Bad Bunny graciously gifted R-Truth back the 24/7 Title, Damian Priest put on his own display with a Hit The Lights on Jaxson Ryker to get the win. Elias targeted The Archer of Infamy with his frustrations, but the Grammy Award winner fought back with a haymaker until The Miz entered with a crushing guitar blow. The match ended in 30 seconds.
Winner: Damian Priest
Match Review: DUD! It ended in 30 seconds, and I can’t review matches that short.
Shane McMahon humiliated Braun Strowman
Before the opening bell even rang, The Monster came out mauling, but McMahon zoomed in on Strowman with repeated blows with a camera. Shane O-Mac followed with an elbow drop through the announce table, and buckets of slime brought the humiliation to a new level.
Asuka Vs. Shayna Baszler
It was all about payback for Asuka after Shayna Baszler’s jaw-shattering kick to The Empress of Tomorrow weeks ago. After evading a Kirifuda Clutch, Asuka rolled up The Queen of Spades for a win, but the Raw Women’s Champion dug into a new level of brutality after the bell. Asuka crushed Baszler’s face into the exposed turnbuckle seeking “tooth for a tooth” justice. The match ended in two minutes.
Match Review: 1.5/5. The match was too short. I wanted to see a longer sequence wrestling between these two. However, I am happy to see my favorite women wrestler Asuka back in action.
Mustafa Ali Vs. Riddle
Mustafa Ali aimed to lead by example in a United States Championship showdown, but Riddle evaded the RETRIBUTION troops en route to his first successful title defense. The leader of RETRIBUTION rallied at times, but a Bro Derek from The Original Bro set up the pin. The match ended in nine minutes.
Match Review: 3/5. It was a good match with the right winner. Riddle is an exciting young talent.
Bobby Lashley Vs. Sheamus
WWE Champion Bobby Lashley and Sheamus met in a red brand clash of titans, as their common enemy Drew McIntyre was at ringside. The Celtic Warrior nearly shocked the champion with a White Noise finale, but The All Mighty exploded back to meet an oncoming Brogue Kick with a bone-crushing Spear. The match ended in 17 minutes.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
Match Review: 4/5. Sheamus has matured like a fine wine in the ring. Its’ a treat to watch Sheamus’ long matches.
NYK Rating of Monday Night Raw- March 15, 2021: 6.75/10
Three stars of the show
- Bobby Lashley
- The New Day