Riddle Addressed Randy Orton's Status; Riddle and The Street Profits def. Sami Zayn and Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos
Riddle mentioned that Orton has been dealing with some back issues for a few years now and therefore won't be around for the foreseeable future. Considering he seemed to get emotional talking about it, I assume it's legitimate. Hopefully Orton can heal up soon and make it back in time for SummerSlam where he challenge Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. The subsequent six-man tag team match was enjoyable and Riddle was the clear focus. I assume he'll be next in line to face Reigns, though that reportedly won't be until Money in the Bank in July.
Bobby Lashley Challenged MVP
It was advertised that Lashley would have an "All Mighty Challenge" for Omos, and it turned out that he wanted to take on MVP later on in the night so the winner could choose the stipulation for Lashley's match against Omos at Hell in a Cell. This was a solid verbal exchange with Lashley proving he doesn't need MVP to do the talking for him anymore, while MVP did all the talking for Omos. It served its purpose.
The Judgement Day (Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley) def. AJ Styles and Liv Morgan
All of Judgement Day addressed the audience beforehand. It was pretty basic as they ripped on the fans some more, but Edge again teasing another member was what caught my interest. I don't think it will be anyone he mentioned (though I wouldn't mind Ciampa joining them), but that's just my guess. The match that followed was entertaining, especially since we don't tend to see intergender matches often in WWE these days. The heels continue to rack up wins, which makes me think we'll get a six-person tag team match at Hell in a Cell and the babyfaces will reign supreme there.
The Mysterios Attacked Veer Mahaan on King's Court with Jerry Lawler
Lawler hosting an edition of King's Court is definitely an improvement over him being on commentary, but I'd be content if they never used him in a segment like this again. I was curious to hear Veer cut his first promo since re-debuting, but of course they had him talking in a ridiculous voice and not like a normal human being. The Mysterios coming out was logical. I'm just surprised we haven't gotten an announcement that Veer will be facing Rey (or both Mysterios) at Hell in a Cell.
Alexa Bliss def. Nikki A.S.H.
It only now occurred to me how weird it is that WWE never did Bliss vs. Nikki when Bliss was doing the supernatural stuff. The hero vs. villain story would have written itself, even though I wasn't necessarily clamoring to see it. This was fine but too short to be anything out of the ordinary. Nikki's losses should lead to her getting repackaged soon, while Bliss maintains momentum with another win.
Cody Rhodes def. The Miz by Disqualification
This was a rematch from last month. They had a really nice match at that time, and although this was well wrestled, it didn't hit that next gear and a majority of it felt basic. The Seth Rollins run-in was unnecessary as I would have rather that been saved for afterward so we didn't get a lame disqualification finish. I'm curious if Rollins attempting to injure Rhodes is being done to give Rhodes an out if he loses at Hell in a Cell. Either way, the outcome is unpredictable.
Ezekiel def. Chad Gable
Didn't these two just have a match a week ago? If I remember correctly, Ezekiel won clean that time as well, so Ezekiel vs. Otis would have made more sense. Regardless, this was another average outing from these two. Gable is a gem, though Ezekiel isn't the most exciting to watch in the ring. Kevin Owens finally challenged Ezekiel to a match afterward and we're going to get it at Hell in a Cell. The storyline has been entertaining, but I'm curious how much further it can go.
MVP def. Bobby Lashley by Count-Out
The whole point of this program is that MVP turned on Lashley and Lashley has wanted to get his hands on him ever since, so you'd think they'd want to hype this ahead of time (and I'm not talking about two hours earlier toward the beginning of the show) and that the crowd would've been hotter than they were. MVP outsmarted Lashley and was able to win by count-out, but his Hurt Lock on MVP post-match was fairly tame. We'll see what stipulation the heels choose, but I hope it isn't a Hell in a Cell match. The feud isn't hot enough to warrant that.
Becky Lynch def. Asuka
The stipulation was that if Lynch could beat Asuka, she'd be added to the Raw Women's Championship match at Hell in a Cell to make it a Triple Threat. Yes, Lynch already lost to Asuka last week, so her beating the number one contender to get a title shot doesn't make much sense. Much like last week's match, this wasn't the very best of what they could do, but it was a quality contest, nonetheless. The Triple Threat at Hell in a Cell will no doubt be excellent, but the build to this bout has certainly been lacking, likely because Bianca Belair vs. Naomi was reportedly the plan prior to Naomi and Sasha Banks walking out last week.
It's been far from a perfect show, but I've had a lot of praise for Raw for the better part of 2022. Unfortunately, this was not one of the stronger shows. Quite frankly, it was a boring episode on the whole filled with rematches and more of the same. At the very least, we got more match announcements for Hell in a Cell, but without Reigns and Orton the card, the pay-per-view feels like it has even less buzz than WrestleMania Backlash going into it, which is saying something.