WWE Raw results, summary, ratings: Bobby Lashley secures the opportunity at The Miz, WWE championship

One night after the Elimination Chamber, the new WWE Champion, The Miz, found himself in trouble. Miz spent Raw trying to dodge a deal he made to give Bobby Lashley a title shot in exchange for taking out Drew McIntyre the night before.

Ultimately, Miz didn’t have to step into the ring, but Lashley was able to secure a championship shot next Monday. Lashley had to overcome a tough challenge from Braun Strowman to earn that opportunity, but he did so before making a final statement by eliminating Miz to close out the show.

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Bobby Lashley secures a WWE title shot

The Miz opened the show with a special “Miz TV” championship celebration. Miz spoke about making his decision and creating a detour on the Road to WrestleMania before being interrupted by Bobby Lashley and MVP. Lashley was seeking to claim Miz’s debt for helping Miz drop McIntyre at Elimination Chamber to open the door to Money in the Bank cash. Lashley gave Miz an hour to make his decision, threatening a beating anyway. Backstage, Miz pitched Adam Pearce to delay any action in a match with Lashley “until the time is right.”

When the hour was up, Miz said he needed more time and there are plenty of other men who want to challenge him for the title. Finally, Miz said he needed time to get ready and asked to write the decision in pencil for the next week. Braun Strowman’s music hit as he disrupted the situation and said that he was the only man who would receive a title match while claiming that Shane McMahon and Adam Pearce were plotting against him. This, in turn, brought out McMahon. McMahon told Strowman he couldn’t demand title fights. Strowman said that if he couldn’t have the champion, he wanted the challenger. This prompted McMahon to book the match, saying that if Strowman beat Lashley, then next week’s Raw would feature a triple threat match for the WWE championship.

Bobby Lashley defeat. Braun Strowman via pinfall after hitting a spear. The match immediately erupted into a fight between the powers, showing strong blows and great displays of strength. Lashley attacked Strowman earlier in the evening, sticking his knee out and returning to the legs again after Strowman ran onto the steps of the ring. Before Strowman could really get going, Lashley won the rather short match with a spear. After the victory, Lashley struck another spear and locked the Hurt Lock. Miz tried to run into the ring and hit Lashley with the championship belt only to be hit with a spinebuster and a spear, ending the show on his feet after cementing his shot at the title on next week’s Raw.

All in all, this whole story went well. The Miz is not a long-term champion, so the moments where he holds the title must count. Strowman initially felt like a minor inclusion in the mix, but allowed Lashley to once again show how dominant he has been in his current career. Getting to a world title fight on Raw next week is a big deal, as those moments are understandably rare. And Lashley ended up avoiding the low shot attempt and leaving Miz holding him strong in the face of his challenge. Grade: B +

What else happened on WWE Raw?

  • Riddle def. John Morrison via pinfall after hitting brother Derek. Before the game, Riddle celebrated his victory in the United States championship behind the scenes with Lucha House Party.
  • The new day def. Retribution via pinfall after Kofi Kingston hit T-Bar with Trouble in Paradise. After the match, Mustafa Ali yelled at the members for retribution for their repeated failures.
  • The Hurt Business def. Fight House Party via pinfall in a tornado fight when Shelton Benjamin hit Golden Lynx with Paydirt.
  • Damien Priest def. Angel Garza via pinfall with Hit the Lights. Bad Bunny was in Priest’s corner, and earlier in the evening, Priest scared R-Truth when Truth was trying to attack Bunny to regain the championship 24/7. After the match, Priest and Bunny quickly took care of the loading of various challengers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Randy Orton did a backstage promo address all your recent failures. Finally, he concluded that he was not distracted by The Fiend, but by Alexa Bliss. Orton then started coughing and spitting black grime before running off.
  • Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler defeat. Charlotte Flair and Asuka via pinfall after Jax hit Asuka with a dropped leg. The ending was set when the miscommunication led Flair to hit Asuka with a big boot. Flair tried to shake Asuka’s hand after the match, but Asuka pushed it away.
  • Sheamus def. Jeff Hardy via pinfall after hitting a Brogue Kick.
  • Charlotte Flair faced Ric Flair backstage. Charlotte told Ric that her antics with Lacey Evans, including pretending that her baby was hers, had distracted her and made her not meet her standards. Ric said he was just trying to expand his brand by chasing a future champion at Evans.
  • Lana and Naomi def. Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose via pinfall after hitting a double-team facebuster on Rose.
  • AJ Styles def. Ricochet via pinfall with Styles Clash. Omos hit Ricochet with a two-handed chokeslam after the match.

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