WWE Raw Results
April 12, 2021
Tampa, Florida (Yuengling Center)
Commentary: Adnan Virk, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
WWE Champion Bobby Lashley walks into the Yuengling Center with MVP. Riddle scoots up to Lashley and says his lip may be busted, but he wants to face Lashley tonight. Lashley says he went to war with Drew McIntyre. All he wants to do is celebrate being WWE Champion and talk to the WWE Universe. Riddle starts saying Lashley offered many opportunities at him through the weeks, so Lashley shoves him down and says he’ll show Riddle why he is a loser and Lashley is a winner.
We go live into the new and improved WWE ThunderDome inside the Yuengling Center. We meet Adnan Virk, the new voice of Monday Night Raw. Rhea Ripley will defend her newly won Raw Women’s Championship against Asuka in a WrestleMania 37 rematch. We’ll also see a new episode of the Firefly Fun House.
WWE Champion Bobby Lashley w/ MVP vs. Riddle
As Riddle makes his entrance, Lashley attacks Riddle and viciously throws him into the barricade. Lashley throws him down before scooping him up and driving his head into the ring post.
Lashley gets in the ring, and a hurt Riddle defiantly continues to challenge him. The bell rings, and Lashley takes Riddle down. Lashley shoulders him in the corner and hits a neckbreaker. Lashley scoops him up and hits a one-handed delayed vertical suplex. Lashley goes outside and grabs Riddle’s scooter. Lashley then throws it away. Lashley gets in the ring, and Riddle attacks him. Lashley quickly hits a scoop slam and throws Riddle out of the ring. Lashley goes outside, presses Riddle up, and throws him over the barricade.
We come back from the break to see Lashley still viciously beating down Riddle. During the break, Riddle just barely beat the count-out. Riddle fights up from a chin lock, but Lashley viciously knees him a few times, drives him into the turnbuckle, and hits a flatliner for a near fall. Lashley takes Riddle and chokes him on the ropes before hitting a crossface forearm. Lashley then chokes him with his foot.
Lashley sends Riddle into the ropes and hits a back elbow. Lashley connects with a suplex and pulls on the hair before digging his knuckles into the face. Riddle fights up again and punches at Lashley, but Lashley simply clotheslines him down. Lashley sends Riddle into the ropes and goes for a one-armed spinebuster, but Riddle gets out. Riddle punches and kicks away at Lashley before stunning him with a kick. Riddle goes for a Floating Bro, but Lashley avoids it and applies the Hurt Lock for the submission.
Winner by Submission: WWE Champion Bobby Lashley
Video Package: Rhea Ripley wins the Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 37
Kevin Patrick is backstage with Raw Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley. Ripley says she was confident in herself and will introduce a brutal new world order for the Women’s Division. As for tonight, she’s going to prove that she is still ready for Asuka.
Tag Team Match
Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander vs. The Viking Raiders (Erik and Ivar)
Ivar will start against Cedric Alexander. Alexander goes after him, but Ivar simply throws him to the corner and unloads on him with punches. Erik tags in. Ivar hits a scoop slam on Alexander, and Erik scoop slams Ivar onto Alexander. Shelton Benjamin quickly tags in. Alexander chop blocks Erik before Benjamin kicks him for a near fall. Benjamin hits a pair of scoop slams on Erik and clubs the back. Benjamin connects with a suplex for a near fall. Alexander tags in and shoulders away at Erik in the corner. Alexander continues to punch away at Erik before sending him to the ropes. Erik grabs him, but Alexander elbows out of it. Benjamin tags in, but Erik fights away at Benjamin and Alexander. Benjamin quickly hits an Olympic Slam for a near fall. Alexander tags in and elbows Erik. Erik quickly flips Alexander over and knees him in the face.
Ivar and Benjamin tag in. Ivar punches away at him and hits a slam. Ivar follows up with a leaping cross-body block and a seated senton. Ivar cartwheels around an attack from Benjamin and Alexander and clotheslines them down. Erik slams Ivar into Benjamin. Erik tags in, and they hit the Viking Experience on Alexander for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Viking Raiders
Asuka says she’s going to get her title back. The Raw Women’s Championship match is next!
Flair says it’s the night after WrestleMania and she should be standing here talking about what she did at WrestleMania. Flair says people must think it’s only one WrestleMania, but what is done in the ring is sacred to her family. She missed WrestleMania for things that were out of her control. Was it her fault Asuka needed a tag partner? Was it her fault her father showed up on Legends Night and acted like a fool? Was it her fault that Lacey Evans got pregnant and she couldn’t kick her ass? Flair said she challenged Asuka, but she never responded. Rhea Ripley stepped up and won the title from Asuka. Asuka even manipulated a rematch tonight. Out with the old and in with the new. Every woman in the locker room figured without Flair they could get on WrestleMania. Ripley is the biggest snake in the locker room.
Karma is a bitch, and she is that bitch. Flair runs down the list of women that were on the WrestleMania card over the weekend. None of them compare to her. Flair realized for the first time since signing her WWE contract seven years ago, she doesn’t steal opportunities. She is the opportunity. To all the delusional WWE fans at home that think she steals opportunities for their favorites, she creates opportunities. This is the new Charlotte Flair that will not apologize for being good. You will all bow down to the 13-time champion. No more humble Charlotte. Flair wants respect to what she has brought to this industry. She has dedicated years of her life to this business. Tears, blood, and sweat… what have any of the fans given her in return? Flair tells them to enjoy the title match that she should have been in.
Asuka makes her way to the ring. The Raw Women’s Championship match is next.
Raw Women’s Championship
Asuka vs. Rhea Ripley (c)
This is a rematch from last night’s WrestleMania 37.
The bell rings, and they lock up. Asuka puts her in the corner and forearms away at her. Ripley fights out and pushes Asuka to the opposite corner. Ripley forearms her, so Asuka shoves her back. Asuka goes for a drop-toe-hold into the corner, but Ripley blocks it. Ripley throws Asuka across the ring and clubs away at her. Asuka counters a facebuster into a roll-up for a two count. Asuka goes for a cross arm breaker, but Ripley quickly gets to the bottom rope. Ripley quickly kicks and elbows her down. Ripley positions Asuka on the top rope and goes for a back superplex, but Asuka fights back. Ripley quickly comes back with a dropkick that sends Asuka to the floor.
We come back from the break to see Asuka counter a move from Ripley into a pin, but Ripley quickly kicks out. Ripley attacks and puts her in the corner, but Asuka boots her back twice. Asuka then hits a missile dropkick.
Asuka hits a knee to the face and a German Suplex. Asuka connects with a hip attack in the corner. Ripley throws her off, but Asuka kicks her in the head and takes her down with a spin kick. Asuka hits a sliding knee to the head for a near fall. There was definitely a moment where they weren’t on the same page. It looks like Ripley was supposed to counter a missile dropkick into a Prism Shift, but Ripley just stood there. Ripley then applies the Prism Shift. Asuka gets to the ropes, so Ripley slams her for a two count. Ripley talks a little trash and attacks. Asuka avoids a dropkick and goes for a sliding kick, but Ripley moves. Ripley goes for an electric chair, but she just falls back before even lifting Asuka. Ripley tries again and really struggles to get Asuka up on her shoulders. It looks like Asuka was supposed to hit a crucifix slam counter, but it looked more like a Samoan Drop. They just lay there. That was really bad.
Asuka quickly goes to an arm bar, but Ripley gets out. Asuka then applies an Asuka Lock, but Ripley fights out. Ripley hits an electric chair slam for a near fall. They roll to the apron. Ripley goes for a suplex, but Asuka fights it and drives her to the ring post. Asuka hits a hip attack against the ring post followed by a DDT on the apron.
Charlotte Flair then attacks them at ringside.
Flair hits Asuka with a fall away slam and a foot to the face. Flair then kicks Ripley in the face. Flair mocks both women and walks off.
The Miz and John Morrison are walking backstage. Miz walks up to his wife, Maryse, who will be the guest on Miz TV. Morrison asks what Maryse is doing here. Miz tells him that she’s the guest on Miz TV. Morrison acts like he didn’t know. Miz and Maryse walk off, and Morrison tries to catch up.
We’ll take a trip to Alexa’s Playground, next.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler are laughing at Mandy Rose slipping on the ramp at WrestleMania. Mandy Rose walks up and isn’t happy. Jax says she can handle this, so Baszler walks away. Rose says it’s funny how mishaps happen and you don’t see them coming, like this: Rose slaps Jax in the face. Dana Brooke comes up and they slam Jax into the wall before walking off. Jax is infuriated.
Alexa Bliss is swinging on her swing set backstage. Bliss says WrestleMania was so much fun and wants to explain why she did what she did. Once upon a time, there was a little girl that was lost until she was rescued by the darkness. The darkness protected, nurtured, and taught her. Then the darkness went away (The Fiend was burned). Bliss wondered if that was when the little girl realized that she never needed the darkness after all. How did it make her feel when she realized she could do everything on her own? Was the darkness helping her or standing in her way? Why else would she use what she was taught to try to destroy the darkness? Bliss asks if it’s true what they say: the female of the species is the deadliest. We may never know. Along the way, she unlocked something truly evil. Bliss shows a puppet named “Lily.” It’s an Alexa Bliss/Fiend mock up. Bliss says their fun is just getting started. The doll snaps at the camera.
The Miz makes his way to the stage with Maryse. John Morrison then joins them. Miz TV is next.
The Miz and John Morrison are in the ring with Maryse. Miz welcomes us to Miz TV and says no matter what happened at WrestleMania, Miz is still the most talked about entertainer in entertainment. What is the most gorgeous, vivacious mother in reality television doing on Miz TV? Maryse then promotes that the new season of Miz & Mrs premieres after Raw. Morrison asks if he can have a spin off: Miz, Mrs, and Morrison. It can be called MMM.
Miz says Morrison is on the show tonight as they filmed Maryse’s commercial on this episode. Miz then says he took Bad Bunny from a celebrity to a WWE Superstar. Miz shows some highlights from the match and says he helped Bad Bunny get there.
Damian Priest comes out to the stage and says he was Bad Bunny’s partner and won’t take credit for what he did. Bad Bunny put the work in. Miz is just trying to save face over being beat by Bad Bunny. Miz says Priest’s name isn’t even in the headlines. Priest is only here because he’s jealous. Priest was upstaged at WrestleMania by his so-called friend. If Priest wants Miz’ star power to rub off on him, he’ll challenge him later tonight. Morrison says he was just going to make the challenge. They argue over who should face Priest, but Maryse cuts them off and says they can both challenge him. Priest says he sees what’s going on here, so he’ll beat them in a Handicap Match right now. Miz and Morrison shout that they’re not dressed to compete.
2-on-1 Handicap Match
The Miz and John Morrison w/ Maryse vs. Damian Priest
The Miz is arguing about being in his suit still. Priest quickly punches him down and big boots Morrison to the floor. Miz quickly fights back at Priest and tags Morrison in. Miz catapults Priest into Morrison’s forearm. Priest falls onto Miz’ knees, and Morrison hits a slingshot elbow drop. Morrison grounds Priest with a front facelock. Priest fights up, but Morrison powers him to the corner with a shoulder. Miz tags back in, but Priest claps Morrison’s ears and avoids a corner clothesline from Miz. Priest hits a pair of running back elbows on Miz and Morrison. Priest then hits Morrison with a Broken Arrow. Priest hits Miz with a chokeslam for a two count.
Morrison tags in, but Priest clotheslines him down. Priest goes to the top rope, but Morrison rolls out of the ring. Priest then takes Miz and Morrison out with a somersault senton. Priest gets Morrison in the ring and elbows Miz on the apron. Priest stomps Miz down and goes to the top rope, but Morrison cuts him off. Priest elbows Morrison and kicks him down to the mat. Priest hits a diving spin kick off the top rope for a near fall. Morrison elbows Priest. Miz blind tags in before Priest hits Morrison with Hit the Lights. Priest cuts Miz off and goes for Hit the Lights, but Maryse pulls Miz away. Miz’ pants get ripped with the exchange. A pants-less Miz rolls Priest up and puts the feet on the ropes for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Miz and John Morrison
Miz is tripping everywhere with his ripped pants around his ankles. The go up the ramp, and Miz, Morrison, and Maryse are tripping.
Kevin Patrick is backstage with WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler. They show a replay of Mandy and Dana attacking Jax. Jax says she doesn’t know why they needed a replay when it literally happened 20 minutes ago. Jax doesn’t like being embarrassed and will make them pay.
Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke make their entrance.
Images from WrestleMania 37 are shown.
Nia Jax “trips” on the ropes during the entrance.
Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke vs. WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler
Nia Jax starts against Dana Brooke. Jax powers Brooke to the corner and throws her across the ring. Jax avalanches Brooke and chokes her in the corner. Shayna Baszler tags in and viciously knees Brooke in the face for a two count. Baszler stomps on the ankle before applying a stretch muffler. Baszler slams Brooke into the corner and tags Jax in. Jax drops an elbow for a two count. Jax applies a chin lock and takes her down. Mandy Rose blind tags in as Baszler comes in. Rose hits a missile dropkick and two clotheslines. Rose hits a flapjack on Baszler and slams her into the corner. Rose tackles Baszler into the corner and shoulders her. Baszler avoids a knee. Rose avoids a knee as well and goes for a Bed of Roses, but Baszler gets out and applies a Kirifuda Clutch. Rose gets out of the ring. Jax tags in and trips getting off the apron. Rose laughs at Jax and runs away. Rose and Brooke get counted out avoiding an angry Nia Jax.
Winners by Count-Out: WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler
Footage is shown from WrestleMania 37 as Bobby Lashley knocked Drew McIntyre out.
WWE Champion Bobby Lashley will address the WWE Universe, next.
MVP is in the ring with a message from the Hurt Business. WWE Champion Bobby Lashley will join us shortly. On Saturday, WWE Champion Bobby Lashley retained his championship. All he wanted to do was address the WWE Universe, but he doesn’t want to feel disrespected. Drew McIntyre is a warrior of the highest order, but he took his eye off the ball for one second, which is where he wound up. It’s ok to be number two when Lashley is number one. It’s always just a matter of time until Bobby Lashley applies the Hurt Lock. When that happens, it’s over. We watched Drew McIntyre pass out unconscious. How do you think McIntyre is feeling? Does he have his head held high? McIntyre can barely lift his head at all. McIntyre couldn’t withstand the pressure of the Hurt Lock. Who can withstand it? No one. Absolutely no one.
Drew McIntyre comes out to the stage and asks how MVP would know how he’s feeling. McIntyre says MVP can keep kissing Bobby Lashley’s ass. McIntyre wants Lashley’s ego and head so blown up. One day, he’ll get his rematch and hit him with a Claymore. Then he’ll have to look up at new WWE Champion Drew McIntyre. McIntyre is in the ring and in MVP’s face. MVP says nothing around here is given. It’s all earned.
Braun Strowman’s music hits, and the Monster Among Men comes out to the ring. Strowman has a black eye. MVP says McIntyre needs to get to the back of the line. Strowman says MVP is right. McIntyre needs to take his ass to the back of the line after what he did to Shane McMahon at WrestleMania. Strowman gets in McIntyre’s face.
Randy Orton makes his way out, and MVP is furious. Orton says he’s done with The Fiend and Alexa Bliss. No more mind games. Now Orton can go back to being the Legend Killer and Apex Predator. Most importantly, he can go back to being WWE Champion once again.
WWE Official Adam Pearce comes out to the stage. Pearce says McIntyre, Strowman, and Orton will face in a triple threat match tonight. The winner will face Bobby Lashley for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania Backlash.
The New Day will face Elias and Jaxson Ryker, next.
Drew McIntyre is walking backstage when he sees Braun Strowman. McIntyre says this isn’t a Cage Match against Shane McMahon. He’ll be in the ring with Drew McIntyre. Strowman tells him to not talk down to him since it didn’t turn out so well for the last guy that did. Strowman is taking his place at the front of the line.
Charlotte Flair’s promo from earlier in the night is shown, as well as her attack on Asuka and Rhea Ripley.
Elias and Jaxson Ryker are in the ring. Elias wants to dedicate a song to Shane McMahon’s valiant effort. Elias strums the guitar, but a trombone is heard. Elias tries again, and the trombone is heard once again. Elias is confused.
The New Day come out. They say Elias and Jaxson Ryker disgraced the tag team division by losing to one man last week. They mock Elias and Ryker. Elias says being whooped by one man is exactly what happened to New Day with the giant Omos. Woods says they’ll take them down because New Day rocks.
Tag Team Match
Elias and Jaxson Ryker vs. The New Day (Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston)
The bell rings, and they quickly knock Ryker out of the ring before sending Elias out. The New Day then hits stereo somersault sentons.
We come back from the break to see Ryker hit a spinebuster on Woods before punching away at him. Ryker picks up a two count. Ryker stomps Woods down and tags Elias in. Ryker avalanches Woods before Elias hits a Death Valley Driver for a near fall. Elias applies a chin lock before they cut to a trailer for the movie “Nobody.” Woods fights up, but Elias sends him to the ropes. Ryker tags in. Woods fights back and comes off the second rope, but Ryker swats him out of midair. Ryker slams Woods. Elias tags in and hits a sliding knee for a two count. Elias hits Woods with a suplex onto Ryker’s knee for a near fall. Ryker applies a camel clutch to Woods, but Woods gets out with a jawbreaker. Woods flips through a back suplex and hits an enzuigiri.
Kingston and Elias tag in. Kingston hits a springboard chop to Elias before taking Ryker down. Kingston takes Elias down twice and dropkicks him. Elias soon catches him, but Kingston rolls through and hits a double stomp for a near fall. Kingston gets Ryker out of the ring. Woods then hits a baseball slide. Elias gets Kingston up in the electric chair. Kingston slides out. Woods tags in. Kingston hits Elias with a backbreaker, and Woods hits a top rope diving stomp for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The New Day
Randy Orton says he’s been distracted for six months by The Fiend and Alexa Bliss. At WrestleMania, he was distracted by Alexa Bliss. Now they’ve disappeared. Orton can go after the WWE Championship again. Orton just has to get through Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman. Orton only has to strike once since he has the three most dangerous letters in sports entertainment: R-K-O.
The Firefly Fun House returns, next.
The return of the Firefly Fun House
Mercy the Buzzard, Huskus the Pig, Abby the Witch, and Ramblin’ Rabbit return. They introduce Bray Wyatt, who was killed a few months ago. Wyatt happily comes in and greets the Fireflies. It feels good to be back in the Fun House with all his true friends. Abby says she couldn’t stand that little bitch. Wyatt says if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all. Abby curses, so Wyatt says, “Witches be wilin’.” Rabbit says he’ll miss Alexa Bliss, so Wyatt grabs him angrily… before giving him a kiss.
Wyatt says this can be a brand new start for them. It’s a new season with brand new friends and a new Bray Wyatt. Wyatt says he feels reborn. Wyatt goes around healing his puppets. HE shall return. No more clout chasing in this simulation. The Fun House will be big, bad, and strong. Wyatt waves goodbye.
The triple threat main event is next.
Triple Threat Match
Drew McIntyre vs. Braun Strowman vs. Randy Orton
The winner will face Bobby Lashley for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania Backlash.
The bell rings, and McIntyre goes after Strowman. McIntyre turns toward Orton, but Orton rolls out of the ring. Strowman attacks McIntyre and punches him down in the corner. Orton runs in, but Strowman grabs him. McIntyre attacks Strowman and Orton joins in. McIntyre and Orton double suplex Strowman. McIntyre and Orton go at it, so Strowman shoulder blocks them down. Strowman goes outside the ring for a Strowman Express shoulder tackle (they did away with the train sound effects), but McIntyre throws steel steps into his face. Orton then hits McIntyre with a back suplex on the commentary table.
We come back from the break to see McIntyre and Orton double-teaming Strowman. They knock Strowman out of the ring. Orton thumbs McIntyre’s eyes and takes him down. Orton starts stomping the limbs. McIntyre reverses a whip into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. An angry McIntyre hits a pair of clotheslines on Orton and a pair of overhead belly-to-belly suplexes. Strowman runs in and big boots McIntyre before knocking Orton back. Strowman goes for an avalanche, but Orton moves. They get Strowman out of the ring.
Orton and McIntyre fight to the ringside area. They trade chops before Orton sends McIntyre headfirst into the ring post. Orton smacks McIntyre off the commentary table a few times before throwing him over the table. Strowman then runs Orton over with a shoulder tackle. Strowman then grabs the steel steps and hits McIntyre in the head with them. Strowman clubs Orton’s chest over the apron and grabs the steel steps. Strowman then hits Orton and McIntyre with the steel steps. Strowman gets Orton in the ring, but Orton kicks him coming in. Orton hits a draping DDT and gets in the zone. Orton hits Strowman with an RKO. Orton covers, but McIntyre hits him with a Claymore Kick! McIntyre covers Orton for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Drew McIntyre
Drew McIntyre will face Bobby Lashley for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania Backlash on May 16.
All of a sudden, MVP’s music hits. MVP comes out to the stage. T-Bar and Mace run up from behind and hit McIntyre with a double-team chokeslam. T-Bar and Mace stand on the ramp as MVP watches on. McIntyre struggles to his feet as the show comes to an end.