WWE Raw Results: It’s Monday night and you know what that means: a brand new episode of WWE RAW for March 16th, and Diggingsports has you covered with live play-by-play results coverage.
Start time for WWE RAW is at 8:00 PM EST/ 6:30 AM IST Tuesday. Match-by-match highlights and results from the show will take place on this very page. Feel free to leave any reactions in the comment section below.
Tonight’s RAW is the final before the Fastlane PPV on Sunday. Most inmportantly, Bobby Lashley doesn’t yet have a challenger for his WWE Championship. Sure, WWE could just book him Vs. The Miz again but that seemed to be put to rest last week, so who will step-up? And will they also be his WrestleMania opponent? Or will we get a number one contender match? Let us know who you think it will be below!
Speaking of The Hurt Business, Lashley’s cohorts will defend their RAW Tag Team Championships tonight against Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods, the New Day. Seems almost certain this match will be a set-up for a second showdown at Fastlane. That isn’t the only title match tonight however, as Mustafa Ali will also challenge for gold in the form of Riddle’s United States Championship. However that also seems like one that will be re-done at the PPV.
Asuka still isn’t cleared to compete and so it’s likely we’ll get a number one contender match at Fastlane with the likes of Charlotte Flair, Peyton Royce, and possibly Rhea Ripley. Shane McMahon continues to make a fool of Braun Strowman and it’s obviously leading to a WrestleMania showdown but we have no idea how they’re going to stretch it out that long. And Sheamus and McIntyre are far from finished with each other. So there’s a lot to look forward to tonight, and we’ll have live coverage right here, all you have to do is click the link below. Enjoy!
RAW opens with the bombshell announcement that Drew McIntyre will challenge Bobby Lashley for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania!
Lashley and MVP make their way to the ring in some flashy suits. MVP says he has an official announcement from The Hurt Business: we have entered the All Mighty Era. After 16 years of dedication and decimation, the CEO of The Hurt Business finally got a chance to take the WWE Championship and he did it. Lashley says he proved everyone wrong and got handed nothing along the way. Lashley reminds everyone that he destroyed Drew at Elimination Chamber and says he will do it again at WrestleMania. Then he will destroy everyone else on RAW.
The Miz and John Morrison make their way down the ramp and Miz says Lashley’s speech was inspiring. They say they’re all-in on the All Mighty Era and what branding that is. Miz says he was honored to share the ring with Lashley a few weeks ago but their budding rivalry is far from over. He says all the great rivalries had showdowns at WrestleMania, including Stone Cold and The Rock. Miz says it’s 3:16 week and we’re all celebrating the career of Stone Cold, so for his sake, he thinks they should have a rematch at WrestleMania – Miz did an awful Austin impression. Miz reminds everyone that he had cramps the first time he wrestled Lashley, then asks why he wouldn’t want to face The Miz at 100%?
Drew McIntyre comes out with a sword in hand and points it at Lashley. McIntyre comes down to the ring, passing Miz and Morrison without so much as a look on the ramp. Drew says he wants to congratulate Lashley and says it’s well overdue. He knows the feeling. Both of them were the hardest workers but overlooked time and again and then both left WWE. They scratched and crawled their way back to the top and it feels good. Only difference is, he beat 30 other men to win the Royal Rumble, then beat Brock Lesnar in five minutes. Lashley made a deal with Miz and stole the belt. MVP interrupts and Drew asks him why he’s even here, that MVP used to be Dr. Frankenstein to the monster but now Lashley can speak for himself. Lashley gets angry and tells Drew to worry about him, then Miz says “and me”.
Drew turns around and sees Miz and Morrison on the apron and says he forgot they were there. Drew says Miz needn’t worry, he’s going to beat his ass tonight. Then he’s going to Fastlane to beat Sheamus, then to WrestleMania where he will end the All Mighty Era and regain the WWE Championship from the “big, bald bitch”. Lashley is furious but MVP pulls him back. Miz starts talking and sneaking into the ring and Drew turns towards him, allowing Lashley to jump Drew from behind. Lashley beats on Drew before leaving up the ramp and Miz continues the assault. Sheamus runs out and attacks Lashley until referees pull him away.
Sheamus is backstage and asked why he attacked Lashley. Sheamus says he wants to beat Drew McIntyre this Sunday and he wants him at 100%. He’s sick and tired of Drew and his excuses, and Lashley stuck his nose in Sheamus’ business. So tonight he wants a match against Lashley, and he’ll show the world that he’s the one to beat the All Mighty.
DREW MCINTYRE VS. THE MIZ W/JOHN MORRISON
The referee is checking on McIntyre and he says he’s ready to go. The Miz storms Drew in the corner but the Scotsman picks Miz up and runs him into the opposite corner. Drew chops and punches Miz repeatedly, then hits a release suplex. Miz catches Drew with an elbow, then kicks him in the face and McIntyre gets angry. Miz hits the ropes but eats a Glasgow Kiss. Drew drills Miz in the corner with lefts and rights, then connects with a lariat. Miz crawls under the bottom rope and Drew bends him over the ropes until the referee counts four.
Miz rolls outside and Drew goes after, then slams him into the barricade. Drew gets Miz back inside and Morrison throws his sunglasses into McIntyre’s back. Drew stomps on the glasses but the distraction allows Miz to attack him from behind. Miz runs for a corner clothesline but Drew pops out with a huge lariat. McIntyre hits Miz with an inverted Alabama Slam, then looks for a Claymore Kick but Morrison pulls Miz from the ring. The referee ejects Morrison from ringside!
We’re back live and McIntyre is battering Miz in the corner. Miz is whipped hard into the buckles, then lifted up but slides down the back and hits Drew with a snap DDT. Miz looks for the Skull Crushing Finale but McIntyre rolls him off and hits a clothesline. Drew catches Miz with a belly-to-belly, then another, and follows-up with a neckbreaker. Drew kips-up and tosses Miz out of the ring.
Miz is slammed in the barricade, then the apron over and over again. McIntyre breaks the referee’s count, then slams Miz’s head into the barricade a half dozen times and gets him back into the ring for a Future Shock DDT. McIntyre counts down from three, then this a Claymore but doesn’t cover. Drew lifts Miz and points at the camera, then the WrestleMania sign and applies The Hurt Lock and Miz taps!
WINNER: DREW MCINTYRE
WWE congratulates Bad Bunny on winning the Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album last night. We see Bunny and Damian Priest walking backstage.
A replay is shown of last week when Shane McMahon insulted and made fun of Braun Strowman. The Monster Among Men is coming to the ring to confront Shane.
Braun Strowman is in the ring and he demands Shane come out. McMahon comes to the stage and he says he doesn’t understand what Braun wants and why he keeps making demands. Braun says he’s been bullied by guys like Shane his whole life, guys who grew up in mansions and went to Ivy League schools but that doesn’t make him smarter than him. Shane says he’s disgusted by those comments, he would never make fun of someone. Braun calls Shane on his BS and says all he asked for was an apology but instead he made fun of him.
Strowman says he knows Shane is scared of him, that’s why he keeps fumbling over his words. He’s sick of it and he wants a match tonight. Shane says Braun couldn’t handle him and flat-out calls him stupid. He says Braun looks stupid, sounds stupid, talks stupid, and now he knows for sure he is as dumb as they come. Shane compares Braun to a T-Rex and says if that’s what he wants, then tonight it’s the brains Vs. the Braun.
R-Truth is backstage dressed like Stone Cold and he approaches Lana, Naomi, Mandy Rose, and Dana Brooke. Truth copies Austin and they tell him that it’s not 3:16 until tomorrow but he just says “what?”. Truth downs a beer and stomps off.
MANDY ROSE & DANA BROOKE VS. NAOMI & LANA
The Women’s Tag Team Champions, Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax, are on cmmentary for this one. We start proceedings with Dana Brooke and Naomi and they lock-up. Dana hits a shoulder tackle, then attempts a clothesline and a kick but Naomi ducks them both. Mandy tags in and Naomi kicks her, but Rose catches Naomi with a fallaway slam. Rose slams Naomi into the corner and stomps her down.
Rose and Brooke make quick tags to isolate and beat on Naomi. Rose hits a running knee and a powerslam, then Brooke comes in with a handspring moonsault for a two-count. Brooke goes to a sleeper but Naomi fights up and connects with a jawbreaker. Tags to Lana and Rose and the former hits a tilt-a-whirl Russian leg sweep. Lana knocks Brooke off the apron, then hits a few flying elbows and a bulldog. Rose falls onto the middle rope and Lana hits a flying knee to the back.
Dana comes in and so does Naomi and they all brawl. We’re left with Rose and Lana and Mandy hits a snap suplex but then out comes Asuka. Shayna Baszler gets off commentary and runs to meet her on the ramp. Asuka ducks Shayna and lands a headkick, then beats her down until Adam Pearce and some officials separate them. Lana hits an X-Factor to Rose but Brooke hits a swinging neckbreaker for the win.
WINNERS: MANDY ROSE & DANA BROOKE
Riddle joins Kofi and Woods backstage on his scooter. He wishes them luck for the Tag Team Championship match up next. Kofi thanks him and praises his “steed”. Kofi says tonight they reclaim their place on the mountaintop, then the tree of them can ride off into the sunset after Riddle beats Ali. Riddle says that’s a good point, he thinks they should all get matching tattoos. Kofi says that’s too much, so Riddle says how about matching stallions? They like that idea but their music this and they put the idea on the backburner.
RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
(C) THE HURT BUSINESS VS. THE NEW DAY
The match gets underway with Cedric and Woods. Alexander takes Woods down but gets caught in a headlock. They struggle for control and go back and forth with reversals until Xavier gets a wheel-barrow roll-up for two and an arm-drag. Kofi tags in and knocks Benjamin off the apron, then Cedric kicks him in the gut. Kofi rolls-up Cedric with a sweep for two, then Benjamin tags himself in. Cedric hits Kofi with a monkey flip and he lands on his feet but Benjamin immediately scoops him up for a spinebuster. Benjamin knocks Woods off the apron, then hits two scoop slams.
Benjamin tags Cedric and goes outside to beat on Woods and throw him into the steel steps. Meanwhile Alexander chops the chest of Kofi in the corner. Shelton tags in and drops Kofi with a back elbow, then Cedric hits a basement dropkick for a two-count. Kofi connects with a double stomp from the middle rope, then Woods gets the tag and comes in against Alexander. Xavier hits a heel kick, then Benjamin rushes in but gets dropped with a forearm. Woods drop toe holds Cedric onto the middle rope, then knees him. Cedric gets caught with a back elbow and rolls outside, then Kofi and Woods dive out of the ring but both get caught and slammed.
Back live and Alexander is beating Woods in the middle of the ring. Woods rallies and they trade shots and running forearms. Alexander catches Woods with a knee to the gut, then a Michinoku Driver for a near-fall. Woods drops Alexander and both men crawl to their corners to make tags. Kofi comes in hot but Benjamin catches him with an enziguiri for a near-fall. Kingston hits a double stomp to the chest but gets hit with a flapjack. Kofi lands S.O.S for a near-fall. Kofi wants Trouble In Paradise but Shelton ducks it.
Kingston goes to the top rope but Shelton climbs up and hits a suplex but Woods breaks up the pin attempt. Alexander comes in but Woods knocks him to the apron, then off to the floor. Woods springbaords off the bottom rope to hit a tornado DDT to Cedric on the floor. Kofi hits Trouble In Paradise and tags Wood then dives onto Cedric on the floor. Woods hits a huge elbow drop from up top, then tags Kofi so they can hit a backbreaker/double stomp for the win!
WINNERS AND NEW WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: THE NEW DAY
As New Day are celebrating their 11th Tag Team Title win, out comes the Phenomenal AJ Styles and Omos. Styles congratulates New Day and says they’re incredible. However he and Omos currently don’t have any plans for WrestleMania. Styles says he’s been a Champion in every area and his bucket list is getting low. Omos says they want to be RAW Tag Team Champions. Styles says they’re officially challenging them to a match at ‘Mania. Kofi asks if they’re even registered as a team and if they can work as one. Woods says they’ve got it.
The Miz and John Morrison are walking backstage and bump into Damian Priest and Bad Bunny. Priest says Miz is looking awful and has been since he lost the title. Miz says he might not be WWE Champion anymore but Bad Bunny doesn’t have a fraction of his success. He says the same of Damian Priest, who says he’d be happy to start right now. Miz and Morrison leave and Truth tries to sneak-up on Bad Bunny with a 3:16 lunch box but Priest catches him. Truth says he just has some gifts for them and hands them a bunch of new Stone Cld merch. Truth says he wants the 24/7 Championship and Bad Bunny says he likes Truth and he respects the business, so he can be the Champion again. Bunny gives Truth the belt and walks off with Priest, then Truth is chased by jobbers.
JAXSON RYKER W/ELIAS VS. DAMIAN PRIEST W/BAD BUNNY
The match begins and Ryker bullies Priest into the corner and hammers him with right hands. Priest denies a suplex and hits a falcon arrow, then lands The Reckoning for the win.
WINNER: DAMIAN PRIEST
As soon as the bell rings, Elias rushes in and attacks Priest. Elias goes out and gets his guitar but Bad Bunny takes it off him and throws it from the ring. Elias grabs Bunny and lifts him onto his shoulders but Bunny slides off and punches him, then hides behind Priest. Damian blocks a punch and hits Elias, then lands The Reckoning and hugs Bunny. John Morrison comes down the ramp applauding and talking to Priest and Bunny, then Miz comes in from behind and cracks Bunny in the back with Elias’ guitar! Miz high-tails it and Priest says they’ve started something that he will finish.
MVP and Bobby Lashley are interviewed backstage and MVP is not happy. He says Sheamus interrupted the All Mighty Era and tonight he will pay the price. MVP guarantees that what happens Sheamus tonight will happen McIntyre at WrestleMania.
Shane McMahon is in the ring and waiting. Braun Strowman comes to the ring and Shane rolls out. Shane grabs a microphone and says it’s happening but needs to warm-up first, so he does some push-ups and jumping jacks, then jogs around the ring. Shane has a hop-scotch mat on the floor and says he thought it could teach Braun how to count. Strowman runs out and after Shane, who sprints into the ring and back out. Shane continues running but Braun outsmarts and gets a hold of him, then tosses him into the barricade. Braun uppercuts Shane, then boots him backwards into the barricade. Braun builds up a head of steam and runs around the ring but Shane clobbers him with a camera!
Shane hits Braun again, kicks and punches him around the floor, then smashes him with the camera again. Shane removes the top of the announce desk, then hits Braun again so he falls onto it. McMahon then climbs to the top rope and hits a flying elbow drop through the table! Shane grabs Braun by the beard and yells “stupid!” in his face. McMahon isn’t finished, and he grabs a bucket from under the ring and pours what looks to be Nickelodeon slime over the Monster. Shane pours a second bucket over Braun and punches him in the face, then shouts “don’t ever challenge me again!”
We see a replay of last week’s main event where Randy Orton was again haunted by Alexa Bliss and The Fiend. Alexa Bliss is on a swing backstage. She speaks to the jack-in-the-box on the swing beside her. She says it’s time to play her favourite game: inflicting pain. She says if Randy wants her out of his life so bad, he’ll have to take her out. And he’ll hget his chance this Sunday at WWE Fastlane. She asks if he’ll take it, then laughs maniacally.
Asuka makes her way to the ring for a match against Shayna Baszler after the break.
ASUKA VS. SHAYNA BASZLER W/NIA JAX
Asuka attacks Shayna from behind before the match can officially begin. Nia Jax runs in but Nia drops her as well, then hits a running knee. The match does begin and Asuka rushes Baszler in the corner and hits a suplex. Nia gets on the apron but Asuka hits a hip attack. Asuka kicks Shayna, then jumps at her but gets hung-up in the ropes and Baszler hits a gnarly knee to the jaw.
Asuka takes Baszler down and lands right hands then looks for an armbar but Jax gets on the apron so Asuka knocks her off. Asuka goes to the apron and hits a running dropkick that sends Nia into the ring post. Baszler grabs Asuka and applies the Kirifuda Clutch but Asuka turns the tables. Shayna locks it in again and this time Asuka rolls back to cover her and win!
After the match Baszler chokes Asuka, then takes a step back and wants to hit a kick to the face again but this time Asuka catches her foot. Asuka beats Shayna down then slams her face into the bottom turnbuckle. Asuka removes the bottom turnbuckle pad and takes Shayna’s mouthguard out, then jams her mouth into the metal turnbuckle ring. Asuka wants to curb stomp Baszler into the metal but the referee stops her.
Mustafa Ali is backstage with Retribution and he’s berating them for their recent issues. As he’s talking, Riddle zooms past them on his scooter and Ali is lost for words. Their title match is up next!
UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP
(C) RIDDLE VS. MUSTAFA ALI W/RETRIBUTION
The match gets underway and Ali clobbers Riddle with right hands, then looks for an Irish whip but Riddle catches him with a gutwrench suplex. Riddle runs and kicks Ali out of the ring, then goes after him but Ali yanks Riddle into the announce desk. Ali gets back in the ring and when Riddle slides in Ali kicks him in the face. Riddle uses his legs to pull Ali over the ropes onto the apron. They get to their feet and Ali chops him in the throat, then hits a swinging neckbreaker to the floor!
We return to find Ali still in control of Riddle and choking him on the middle rope. Ali stomps Riddle and whips him to the buckles chest-first before landing another neckbreaker. Ali looks to do it again but Riddle reverses the whip. Ali does a cartwheel to avoid a splash from Riddle, then pulls the apron over his face and punches him repeatedly. Ali hits a rolling neckbreaker through the ropes for a near-fall and he’s starting to get frustrated.
Ali takes a sleeper but Riddle climbs to his feet and shrugs Ali off for a Penalty Kick. Riddle unleashes a flurry of punches and kicks, then kips-up and hits a running forearm in the corner. Riddle lands an exploder suplex, then the Broton and a brainbuster for a near-fall. Riddle looks for the Final Flash but Ali counters and kicks him. They trade pinfall attempts and T-Bar gets on the apron to distract the referee but inadvertently prevents Ali winning. Riddle lifts Ali up and hits the Bro-Derek to retain the title!
Randy Orton is interviewed backstage and asked about wrestling Alexa Bliss on Sunday. Orton laughs and says he heard her say she dared him to “kick her out of my life”. Well that’s exactly what he’s going to do.
Drew McIntyre comes to the ring and he says he knows we’re all asking “what’s the handsome devil doing back out here?” and “it’s been two hours, why hasn’t he changed clothes?” McIntyre says he only owns kilts and it saves him a lot of money. But to get to the point, he says MVP promised a lot of things for tonight but he hasn’t delivered. McIntyre says that delivering on promises is important, which is why on Sunday, he and Sheamus will beat the hell out of each other. They will bring a level of violence never seen before in WWE. Then, once he beats Sheamus, he will move on to Lashley and take his WWE Championship back at WrestleMania. He’s out here to get a great view of this match-up.
Sheamus’ music plays but then Bobby Lashley’s lightning strikes and out comes the All Mighty. Lashley and McIntyre share a staredown to tease the WrestleMania main event. Lashley will face Sheamus after the break.
SHEAMUS VS. BOBBY LASHLEY W/MVP
The main event gets underway and Lashley scoops-up Sheamus and slams him into the buckles and beats him down until the referee gets between them. Sheamus kicks Lashley, then throws him to the corner and hits him until the referee stops. Lashley tackles Sheamus to the ground and moves into side control and gets a knee on the belly, then punches Sheamus in the face. Lashley gets a forearm in Sheamus’ face and grinds him. Sheamus manages to get to his feet but Lashley keeps in the corner.
Lashley whips him to the opposite corner but runs into a boot. Sheamus hits the ropes and Lashley leapfrogs him, then drops him with a clothesline. Bobby chokes Sheamus on the middle rope, then lifts him for a suplex but Sheamus slides off and chop blocks the Champion. Sheamus drops repeated knees on Lashley’s head and lands some elbows to the head. Lashley gets up and elbows Sheamus, then hits a stalling vertical suplex and stares at McIntyre. Lashley clotheslines Sheamus over the ropes to the floor, then goes back to staring at Drew.
Lashley goes out and lifts Sheamus onto his shoulder but the Irishman slides off and shoves Lashley into the ring post. Sheamus beats Lashley on the apron and wants the Beats of the Bodhran but Lashley blocks it and elbows him, only for Sheamus to drop him with a lariat. Sheamus goes to the apron and jumps at Lashley but gets caught an thrown with a belly-to-belly. Lashley moves to McIntyre who stands up and holds his arms out, asking for it.
Back live and Lashley has Sheamus down in the ring in a submission. Sheamus tries to get up but Lashley slams him back down, then tosses him out of the ring. Lashley goes out and rams Sheamus into the barricade. Sheamus shoves his face so Lashley does it again before putting him back in the ring. Lashley clobbers Sheamus with back elbows in the corner and beats him down, then runs at him for a shoulder tackle.
Lashley looks to hit it again but Sheamus moves and the Champion hits the post shoulder-first and falls to the floor. Sheamus goes out and slams Lashley by the shoulder, then puts him back inside and hits a flying clothesline for a two-count. Lashley fights back but Sheamus throws him over the ropes to the apron. Sheamus clobbers Lashley and drags him back inside for an Irish curse backbreaker and a near-fall.
Sheamus lands another backbreaker but then Lashley starts a comeback. Lashley slams Sheamus but the Irishman comes back with a kick and looks for the Brogue Kick but Lashley sidesteps it. Lashley looks for the Hurt Lock but Sheamus elbows him off, only for Lashley to hit a full nelson slam. Bobby gets Sheamus on the top rope and hits a superplex. Lashley wants a Spear but Sheamus connects with a knee, then lifts him and hits White Noise for a near-fall. Sheamus runs for a Brogue but gets caught with a Spear and that’s that.
WINNER: BOBBY LASHLEY
After the match Lashley lifts Sheamus and applies the Hurt Lock as McIntyre slowly gets into the ring. Lashley throws Sheamus aside, and bends to pick-up his belt but McIntyre hits a Claymore Kick! Lashley rolls out and McIntyre is left staring at Sheamus.
That’s it for this week’s WWE RAW. We’ll have NXT on Wednesday, SmackDown on Friday, then Fastlane on Sunday, so it’s a WWE heavy week and we have you covered. Until then, stay safe!