Date: September 21, 2020
Location: Amway Center in Orlando, FL
The Big Takeaway --
Retribution finally had a match. It ended in a DQ.
Show Recap --
Retribution invaded Raw as soon as it started. There were
five members all wearing new (ugly) masks. Tom Phillips
frantically mentioned that the five core members have been
given contracts which means they can do whatever they want
to whoever they want.
Mia Yim spoke first (her mask barely covered her mouth/jaw
so it was clearly her). She said the contracts werent going
to stop them. Another member, likely Dominik Dijakovic,
called the WWE wrestlers whores for collecting their
They were interrupted by the Hurt Business who marched to
the ring while Retribution escaped to ringside. MVP and
Bobby Lashley threatened them. Suddenly, way more masked men
appeared and attacked. Two members, likely Dijakovic and Dio
Maddin, gave Lashley a double chokeslam as they went to
After a break, everyone was gone.
Phillips, Byron Saxton and Jerry Lawler are on commentary.
Lawler couldnt believe that Retribution were given
Sarah Schrieber asked Rey Mysterio about Dominik getting his
first chance at a title shot. Rey said he made his mark in
WWE as a tag team and it was an honour that Dominik could
follow in his footsteps.
A couple of other notes about the opening segment: Mercedes
Martinez was one of the other Retribution members. Also, the
cameras were shaking violently even when they were just
standing in the ring doing a promo.
Triple Threat Tag Team Match: Andrade & Angel Garza defeated
Seth Rollins & Murphy and Dominik Mysterio & Humberto
The Street Profits joined commentary. Zelina Vega was not
with Andrade and Garza.
(Carrillo was last on Raw on August 10 when he lost to
Rollins in three minutes. Two weeks before that, he lost to
Murphy. More recently, he has consecutive losses to Mustafa
Ali and Riddick Moss on Main Event.)
Dominik and Carrillo each hit dives early in the match and
Rollins appeared to be impressed, as were the Street
Profits. The Profits said they would love to face Dominik
and Carrillo. Dominik gave Andrade a Code Red but Garza
broke up the cover.
Murphy nailed Andrade with a knee strike but as he crawled
to make a cover, Rollins left. Rollins said he had better
things to do.
Andrade gave Murphy a back elbow and Garza followed with a
Wing Clipper for the pinfall win. Andrade and Garza face the
Street Profits. Again. (Dominik and Carrillo were knocked
out of the ring earlier and just never covered.)
Between July 20 and September 7, some combination of Montez
Ford and Angelo Dawkins fought some combination of Andrade
and Angel Garza in 8 out of 9 shows.
Retribution cut a promo backstage. Dijakovic did the
talking. He said Hurt Business could have been part of the
solution but were instead part of the problem because they
bowed to WWE and took their money. Retribution said they
would make Hurt Business pay with retribution. (They teased
that there would be a match tonight.)
The KO Show
Kevin Owens said it was time to move on from Captain Hot
Topic (Aleister Black). He couldnt believe it, but his
guest tonight was Shane McMahon. Shane came out and they
played Shane OMac chants.
Owens and Shane acknowledged their past. Owens was going to
leave it in the past because tonight he had Shane on to plug
Raw Underground. Shane talked about Dabba-Kato, who beat up
Owens two weeks ago. Shane invited Dabba-Kato to the ring.
Owens knew this was going to happen which is why he
willingly had Shane on as a guest. Owens didnt forget about
what Dabba-Kato did to him. Owens said he and Dabba-Kato
would fight one day. Owens slapped him in the face before
introducing his other guest Braun Strowman.
Strowman entered and faced off with Dabba-Kato but Shane got
in between them. Shane said if they wanted to fight, it
wouldnt be on the KO Show, it would be on Underground.
As Shane spoke, Aleister Black showed up, yanked Owens down
and pulled him crotch-first into the ring post three times.
(Black wore a covering over his eye even though it appeared
to be fine last week.)
Charly Caruso asked Drew McIntyre about Keith Lee. McIntyre
understood it was all business and everyone wanted to be WWE
champion or else they wouldnt be there. He said they would
laugh about it over drinks one day, and those drinks would
be on him after he beats Lee tonight.
Retribution beat up Titus ONeil and Humberto Carrillo
Retribution vs. Hurt Business was made official for tonight.
Keith Lee defeated WWE Champion Drew McIntyre via DQ in a
non-title match (11:44)
Lee drove McIntyre over the top rope using a running body
block. McIntyre followed soon later with a backdrop onto the
announce table (which didnt break) and they went to break.
McIntyre briefly stopped Lees comeback but Lee clocked him
with a forearm to the injured jaw. Lee hesitated before
making the cover for two. McIntyre came back with a
spinebuster for two, followed by a neckbreaker for two. Lee
blocked a DDT and used a slam for two, then hit a
clothesline for two.
Lee set up for a spirit bomb but McIntyre slipped out and
hit a Claymore kick. Randy Orton attacked McIntyre from
behind with a steel chair for the DQ. (Yet another match Lee
was about to lose.)
Orton drove the edge of the chair into McIntyres jaw before
punting Lee in the head. Loud booing played as Orton stood
Orton remained in the ring after a break. The crowd booing
was still playing. Orton shamed the fans for doubting that
he would make it to Clash of Champions. He was the one
constant in WWE in the past 20 years. He has never walked
away from a title shot and wasnt about to.
He acknowledged that Sundays title match wasnt a normal
one and walked over to the ambulance that was parked by the
stage (as a prop). As he was being carried away in the
ambulance a few weeks ago, Orton realized what everyone must
have felt like after being taken out by him.
He said ambulances meant different things to different
people but to him, it represented a 14th world title. He
said McIntyres title reign would flatline thanks to an RKO.
Schreiber asked Asuka who was the biggest threat between
Mickie James and Zelina Vega. Billie Kay interrupted and
mocked her for willingly defending the title against just
about anyone. She wondered if even Schreiber would get a
Peyton Royce showed up and said she should get a shot. Asuka
wondered if they were still friends. Kay and Royce said they
still had each others backs. Asuka said no one would be
ready for her at COC and Royce was not ready for her
Zelina Vega defeated Mickie James (4:12)
There was a pre-taped James promo where she said she did not
give up last week and would not give up going after the
Vega applied an octopus hold but James got out of it by
ramming her into the corner. James blocked a kick and they
exchanged rollups. James hit a series of kicks and a
flapjack followed by a Thesz press off the top for a
Vega blocked a DDT, yanked James into the ropes and hit a
back cracker for the pinfall win. Vega wins clean and faces
Asuka for the title at COC.
The Hurt Business beat up the secondary members of
Retribution backstage. MVP asked Lashley and Shelton
Benjamin if they had things handled (because Cedric
Alexander has a match next). Benjamin said yes.
There was a Bianca Belair video. It was just her outworking
some guy in the gym.
There was a dumb segment with R-Truth running from a shark
at the beach where maybe Akira Tozawa was eaten by the
MVP and Alexander were in the ring. MVP said Retribution
would be facing them in a six-man match and they would find
out why they were called the Hurt Business. He called Hurt
Business the executioners.
Alexander said he found out the hard way how dangerous they
were. Alexander let Apollo Crews know that tonight wasnt
about Crews getting revenge, this was about Alexander
getting his revenge. Alexander said he didnt care about
Crews or his kids, which was a random line.
Crews and Ricochet entered. Crews didnt care why Alexander
did what he did and tonight would be a preview of Sunday
when he becomes a two-time US Champion.
Apollo Crews (w/Ricochet) defeated Cedric Alexander (w/MVP)
Crews used a baseball slide and they went to break less than
30 seconds into the match. Alexander was in control after
the break. He used a Michinoku Driver for two. Crews came
back with an enziguri, flying crossbody, Stinger splash and
Samoan drop for two.
Alexander responded with a suicide dive. Ricochet got in his
face so he told Ricochet to back off. Alexander slipped back
in the ring and Crews caught him in a rollup for the pinfall
The Hurt Business music distracted Crews so Alexander
attacked him from behind. They laid out Crews and Ricochet.
Lashley put down Crews with a full nelson before leaving.
Dolph Ziggler and Arturo Ruas had a back-and-forth fight
that Ziggler won with a sleeper.
Shane wanted to talk to Strowman but Strowman didnt want to
talk to him. Shane handed the mic to Briana Brandy who
happened to be nearby and she asked a question instead. This
tricked Strowman into speaking I guess. He threatened to
beat everyone up and send them home with a pocket full of
teeth and told Shane he should get in the ring if he wanted
Seth Rollins / Mysterio family segment
Rollins spoke about everything the Mysterio family has put
him through. He went to WWE.com and noticed something thats
been bothering him about them. He showed a picture on the
big screen and noted the difference between Rey and Dominik
(presumably their height).
Rollins had some people do an investigation and had the
results of that investigation in an envelope. He invited the
Mysterio family out to hear it for themselves. They entered
the stage. Rey threatened to beat him up.
Rollins tried to calm him down and said he respected them
for standing together and overcoming adversity. Rollins said
they deserved the truth.
Rollins had the results of a DNA test. He knew this was done
once before but technology has changed so much. He had the
truth on whether or not Rey was Dominiks father.
Rollins said Rey was not the father. He laughed. Rey said
theyve been down this road before. It didnt work then and
it wont work now.
Rollins realized he may have made a mistake when he asked
the question to his investigator. Perhaps it was Aalyah who
was not Reys daughter.
He had more evidence. He showed a replay of Aalyah checking
on Murphys wellbeing last week. Rollins asked her what the
Rey told Rollins not to speak to her. Rey said they already
spoke about what happened last week. He raised her to be
caring and compassionate. He also noted that she was only 19
years old and didnt know about this business.
Aalyah seemed offended by that comment and stormed to the
back. Angie followed. Rey and Dominik followed too. Dominik
looked back angrily at Rollins before leaving. Rollins acted
(Aalyah storming off after that comment felt very forced.
Last weeks angle was nice and subtle. This was not.)
Womens Tag Team Champions Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler defeated
Natalya & Lana in a non-title match (1:00)
Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan joined commentary. They stressed
being a stronger team than Jax and Baszler despite how
dangerous each of them were individually.
Baszler tapped out Lana quickly with the Kirifuda Clutch.
The champs went after the challengers after the match. Ruby
and Morgan fought Jax until Baszler backed them off.
Jax saw Lana nearby and gave her Samoan drop through the
announce table again.
Caruso interivewed McIntyre who was icing his jaw in the
trainer's room. He said he was going to beat the piss out of
Orton on Sunday and was ready to pick a fight tonight. He
marched off. (Was he sitting there for the past hour?)
In the back, Aalyah told Rey that she can speak for herself.
Rey was trying to protect her from Rollins. She said she
only came to Raw to support Dominik and Rollins has hurt
both of them. (She seemed to indicate that he was his
fault.) She worried about what Rollins was capable of doing
to her or her mom. She left.
Riddick Moss knocked out Erik with a right hand.
Shane asked Brandy to ask Dabba-Kato a question. She seemed
too intimidated by him to do so. Shane asked a question
instead. He said Strowman would find out what he was capable
of and told Shane to get out of his face. (Dabba-Kato came
off well here.)
Raw Womens Champion Asuka defeated Peyton Royce (w/Billie
Kay) via DQ in a non-title match (2:22)
Royce got a few nearfalls. Asuka gave her a roundhouse kick
and tried applying the Asuka Lock (I think) but Vega
attacked for the DQ. Asuka tried to go after Vega but she
bailed. A bad segment.
Murphy approached Aalyah in the back. She was startled upon
seeing him. He sat down next to her and said the stuff with
Rollins has gotten out of hand and apologized for anything
he might have done to hurt her.
Raw Underground - Braun Strowman defeated Dabba-Kato
This went about 90 seconds. Strowman knocked down Dabba-Kato
with a right hand, mounted him and hit a few strikes before
the referee stopped it. I dont know what I was expecting
but this wasnt much of a fight.
I suppose it should be noted that theyre now calling it
Shane McMahons Raw Underground and Raw Underground with
6-man tag match: Hurt Business (w/MVP) defeated Retribution
via DQ (6:21)
Each team entered before a break and the match started after
the break, which means the chaotic Retribution kindly waited
for the commercials. The women members of Retribution were
not at ringside.
The male members of Retribution are named T-Bar (Dijakovic),
Mace (Maddin) and Slapjack (Shane Thorne I guess). WWE is
stylizing the names in all-caps, but I will not be doing
They added cheering when Hurt Business was on offense.
The match ended by disqualification when T-Bar (or Mace),
who wasnt the legal man, punched Lashley. Yup.
The secondary members of Retribution swarmed and attacked
McIntyres music hit and he sprinted out with the Raw roster
to join the brawl.
McIntyre was somehow the only man in the ring when Orton
slipped in and gave him an RKO.