WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from March 9
Sunday's Elimination Chamber pay-per-view featured a lot of great wrestling and a few surprising results that will affect this week's Raw and SmackDown.
Shayna Baszler eliminated all five of her opponents in the Elimination Chamber to become the new No. 1 contender to Becky Lynch's Raw women's title.
We also saw The Street Profits retain the Raw Tag Team Championships against Murphy and Seth Rollins, while Andrade walked out of the event with the U.S. title still around his waist.
In addition to the PPV fallout, we also saw Edge return for the first time since Randy Orton attacked him the night after The Royal Rumble.
Let's take a look at everything that happened on this week's episode of WWE Raw.
Becky Lynch came out at the top of the show to talk about Baszler destroying everyone in the Chamber on Sunday. She showed clips of The Queen of Spades taking out all five competitors.
She put over Baszler before calling her a few unkind names and criticizing her charisma, which seems to be a jab at the rumors about Vince McMahon not wanting to push the MMA fighter anymore.
Surprisingly, Lynch went uninterrupted and finished her promo before the commercial break.
The crowd gave Becky a nice welcome by chanting her name. The Man may not have the same momentum she had at this time last year, but she is still over with the WWE Universe.
This was the usual routine we have seen from Lynch before. She appears to be confident but recognizes how tough it will be to defeat Baszler at WrestleMania.
The Man is good on the mic and carried this segment well.
Angel Garza vs. Rey Mysterio
The first match of the night saw Rey Mysterio take on Raw's newest Superstar and the man who has been a thorn in his side for weeks, Angel Garza.
Mysterio started off strong, but a few counters from Garza put him off balance. Zelina Vega's client was in full control as the show cut to a break.
We returned to see The Master of the 619 making a comeback after the younger star controlled the action during the commercial.
After a few close calls, Mysterio scored the win with the 619 as Vega looked disappointed in her client.
Garza was playing up his ladies' man gimmick quite a bit by kissing a woman in the crowd before the match. It was a very Rick Rude thing to do.
This was a fun bout, but it felt like they were holding back a little. The result was surprisingly clean, too. Vega had almost no impact on this match.
This feud is sure to continue, but for now the veteran gets to celebrate a victory over a game young star.
Champion and Challenger
After a video showing Rhea Ripley visiting the site of WrestleMania 36, Charlotte Flair came out to talk about their upcoming title match.
She gave a promo about how everyone has been comparing her and Ripley and declared there is only one Queen and she will dethrone the NXT women's champion.
This brought the Australian wrestler to the ring to respond. Before she could talk, Charlotte cut her off and said this is Raw, not NXT. She said this was her kingdom and tried to excuse Ripley from the ring.
The NXT women's champion responded with a big right hand before making her exit.
This was simple but effective. WWE didn't really need to put these two in the ring together this week, but doing so keeps the feud in the front of people's minds.
Flair played the heel to some degree, but the crowd was giving her a lot of love. This feud is one people are excited for, and you can tell by the fans' reactions.
It wouldn't be surprising if Charlotte showed up on NXT to get some retribution this week.
Bobby Lashley vs. Zack Ryder
Bobby Lashley took control of this match immediately. Other than one kick in the corner, Zack Ryder didn't get in any offense.
Even with Curt Hawkins at ringside to provide support, Ryder fell to The All Mighty in less than two minutes.
Notes and Highlights
Lashley winning a squash match does nothing for him, and it further buries Ryder, who is a former U.S., IC and tag team champion.
This was the definition of filler and did not accomplish anything. The only good part about it was that it ended quickly.
Drew McIntyre vs. Erick Rowan
Drew McIntyre showed some interest in Erick Rowan's cage to sucker him in for a boot to the face to kick off this match.
The two powerhouses took the fight out of the ring, where The Scottish Psychopath launched The Redwood with an overhead suplex.
He grabbed the cage containing the spider and proceeded to smash it with the steel steps. An irate Rowan failed to make him pay, and McIntyre spiked him with a Future Shock DDT before nailing the Claymore for the win.
This was a short match that made McIntyre look like a dominant force, but it did not do what WWE wanted it to.
At this point, beating Rowan is not going to make McIntyre look like he can beat Brock Lesnar. All this did was bury Rowan even further while giving McIntyre an easy win.
On the plus side, crushing the cage likely means this storyline with Rowan is over. The only good thing about this segment was showing how much support the Scot has heading into WrestleMania. The crowd loved him.
The Kabuki Warriors vs. Natalya and Liv Morgan
The Kabuki Warriors came out before the match and delivered a promo almost entirely in Japanese. It was easy to see what they were trying to say, but it might have gone on a little too long.
They took on two other women who competed in the Chamber on Sunday, Liv Morgan and Natalya. Everyone looked a little worse for wear after what Baszler did to them.
Kairi Sane and Morgan started for their teams with a furious exchange. Ruby Riott eventually made her way to ringside to watch her former protege in action.
Sarah Logan joined her, and they eventually got into a fight. Morgan took them both out with a crossbody from the top turnbuckle while Nattie was being punished in the ring. The Kabuki Warriors picked up the win.
Morgan continues to grow as both a wrestler and as a character every week. She always has great facial expressions and has clearly been working on her in-ring game.
It's great to see the women's tag team champions competing in tag bouts again, and hopefully this is the start of WWE trying to make the division matter.
The match itself was fine. Everything looked good, but it never felt like the result mattered, especially since Morgan and Natalya were randomly paired together for this match.
The storyline with The Riott Squad is going to be interesting to follow if WWE keeps pushing it.
A WrestleMania Challenge
AJ Styles came out with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson to talk about how The Undertaker has cost him two big wins in recent weeks.
We saw a replay of The Deadman show up at Elimination Chamber before Styles talked about how it looked like Taker had retired when Roman Reigns beat him a few years ago.
He officially challenged Undertaker to a match at WrestleMania. Styles referred to Taker by his real name and said he should have retired.
The Phenomenal One addressed Michelle McCool and told the few fans who didn't already know that she and Taker are married. He said McCool will be the one to bury Taker, and he plans to help her do it.
We all knew this was coming after what happened Sunday. The good news is Styles is great and can carry a promo with the best.
The bad news is the crowd gave him nothing to work with. Even the stuff that should have gotten a reaction produced almost no heat.
This segment could have been shorter and accomplished the same thing. Taker showing up would have helped, but that is a moment WWE is saving for a future show.
Riddick Moss vs. Cedric Alexander
Riddick Moss was out after the break to defend the 24/7 title against Cedric Alexander. At this point, Moss is the longest-reigning champion.
Mojo Rawley's former enforcer took control right away and used his power advantage to keep Alexander grounded.
The high-flyer tried to get in some offense, but a brutal neckbreaker from Moss put him away for the pin.
The idea of having the 24/7 title defended every week in a traditional match might be what it takes to make the belt mean something, but Moss is not the right star to do it.
The crowd has not been given enough time with him to care if he wins or loses. This was a quick match that made him look strong but did not do enough.
Perhaps he will gain momentum with time, but odds are good that someone will sneak up behind him and roll him up to win the title before that happens.
Edge Is Back and He Is Out for Blood
MVP was in the ring talking about how he wanted to start a stable when Edge showed up and called out Randy Orton. MVP made the mistake of bringing up Beth Phoenix, and Edge Speared him out of his boots.
The Viper came out of nowhere, but Edge turned the tables and hit him with his own RKO. He rolled out of the ring and grabbed a pair of steel chairs.
Orton escaped, and Edge ended up choking out MVP while he stared a hole through his former best friend on the stage. He hit MVP with two chair shots to drive home his point.
This is what needed to happen. An angry Edge showed up and made it clear that trying to end his career and attacking his wife would not stand.
The Rated-R Superstar and The Viper have the best storyline heading into WrestleMania, and when they eventually lock horns, it is going to be wild.
This segment was a reminder of how good these veterans are together.
Aleister Black vs. Seth Rollins/Eight-Man Tag Match
Seth Rollins tried to recruit Aleister Black to his group earlier in the night. The Dutch Destroyer turned him down, and that is what led to this match.
Murphy was at ringside to watch his leader fight his former rival. They started with a simple lockup and exchange of holds. Their technical prowess was on display as they went back and forth until they came to a stalemate.
We returned to see The Monday Night Messiah in control. The former NXT champion turned things around while fending off Murphy at ringside.
The Juggernaut ended up causing a disqualification by interfering. Black took him down, but the numbers game got the better of him. Rollins called out AOP to help beat him down.
The Viking Raiders and The Street Profits ran down to make the save, and Montez Ford suggested they turn it into an eight-man tag match, which oddly excluded Black from the mix.
It was a standard multi-man encounter. If anything, it made the previous match between Rollins and Black a little less special.
The match lasted longer than expected and ended up being the main event of the show. It almost felt like WWE had something else planned and had to change course at the end. Rollins and company scored the win.
WWE took Black from feuding with one former world champion and put him right into a feud with another former champion. This is a good sign for The Dutch Destroyer.
He has been building momentum in recent months, and WWE appears to be following through with his push by giving him some high-profile opponents.
Changing this to an eight-man tag match without Black on the babyface team was a weird direction to take this segment in the end. The action was good, but the booking was strange.