McIntyre has a target on his back (Photo: WWE)
AJ Styles overcame Keith Lee and Riddle on Raw to become the number one contender to Drew McIntyre’s WWE Championship.
The Phenomenal One was able to steal the win and book his ticket to TLC, but there were more wrinkles added to the story with The Miz, John Morrison and Sheamus all poised to play a part.
All three were in the ring earlier in the night for an episode of Miz TV, with the Celtic Warrior in no mood for jokes as he prepared to team up with McIntyre to take on the interfering pair.
Miz brought up Sheamus’ gifts for Drew the other week, and insisted the champ should have given his pal something in return (a title shot maybe), but he’s become an afterthoughts.
The Irishman had heard enough and attacked both men, before falling to a briefcase shot from Mr. Money In The Bank.
Later in the show, AJ Styles was able to earn himself the next shot at McIntyre’s title after a fine match with Lee and Riddle, who all worked well here.
Lee and Riddle were both in with a shot (Photo: WWE)
The less said about the Original Bro’s cringey backstage segments leading up to this, the better, but they all delivered in the ring.
In the end, Lee narrowly missed out on a win as Riddle sent him out of the ring, only to be clocked with a Phenomenal Forearm for the victory.
Styles urged Miz to cash in on McIntyre tonight, although Drew warned him against it.
The main event was fun, and a good tease of what we could get if Sheamus and McIntyre get a run as a tag team.
The clash ended when Styles hit the champ with the Phenomenal Forearm and tried to get Miz to cash in – but a delay allowed McIntyre to hit the latter with a Claymore.
AJ’s bodyguard Omos saved the day, and we’ve got our TLC title match all set.
Best of the rest
We say ‘best of the rest’, but Raw was a bit of a mixed bag, kicking off in some style as Alexa Bliss was joined by Randy Orton for A Moment of Bliss.
The new set for the talk show segment was another fantastic edge for her character, and both superstars were on form as they delved into the Viper’s history with Bray Wyatt.
Orton talked about burning down the cabin to find his foe’s weakness, and how he thinks Bliss is the key to beating The Fiend.
The pair both stood their ground, with the lights dropping, before coming back on with The Fiend in the ring as Orton held Bliss in his arms.
Randy passed her over into Wyatt’s outstretched arms, and rolled out of the ring with a smile.
Jeff Hardy had a scary moment as he hit a Swanton Bomb onto Elias and caught the steel steps on the way down, but still managed to win their decent Symphony of Destruction match.
RETRIBUTION had a night which summed up their stint so far, as the group and Ricochet each delivered damn fine promos before the latter took on Slapjack in a decent if unremarkable bout.
Slapjack picked up the win when Dana Brooke appeared and slapped Mustafa Ali after getting attacked by Reckoning the other week, which earned her a match later in the show.
This was disappointing, with Reckoning’s mask falling off and exposing her as Mia Yim, and Brooke winning with a roll-up despite Ali’s attempted distraction.
Elsewhere, Asuka and Lana were able to overcome the Women’s Tag Team Champions in non-title action as Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax lost to the makeshift duo.
In a bright moment, The New Day and Hurt Business each delivered fantastic promos, leading to a fantastic match between Xavier Woods and Cedric Alexander as the latter picked up a big win.
Quickfire Raw results
- Symphony of Destruction: Jeff Hardy pinned Elias
- Slapjack beat Ricochet
- Lana and Asuka defeated Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler
- Cedric Alexander pinned Xavier Woods
- Number One Contender: AJ Styles overcame Keith Lee and Riddle
- Dana Brooke pinned Reckoning
- Drew McIntyre and Sheamus defeated The Miz and John Morrison via DQ