RAW Preview: April 20, 2020
  April 14th, 2020

Three first-time matches to determine Men’s Money in the Bank entrants

The Women’s Money in the Bank Match has begun to take shape and next week on Raw, the men will follow suit with a trio of first-time-ever matches to determine Team Red’s first entrants in the Men’s Money in the Bank Match.

As announced by Montel Vontavious Porter on “The VIP Lounge,” the bouts in question will pit the legend Rey Mysterio against former Raw Tag Team Champion Murphy, near-unbeaten Aleister Black against NXT prodigy Austin Theory, and marathon man Apollo Crews against MVP himself in the latter’s return to the ring. Tune in next week to see who climbs one step closer to the coveted contract.

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 RAW Results: April 13, 2020
  April 14th, 2020

Back from the break and MVP is in the backstage area with a special quick edition of The VIP Lounge. He announces three Money In the Bank qualifying matches for next Monday – Rey Mysterio vs. Murphy, Aleister Black vs. Austin Theory, Apollo Crews vs. MVP.

Akira Tozawa vs. Austin Theory

We go back to the ring and out comes Akira Tozawa. Zelina Vega is on commentary now. Another one of Vega’s business associates is out next, Austin Theory.

The bell rings and Theory puts Tozawa down first, talking trash. Tozawa fights back but Theory grabs him. Tozawa counters and comes back with kicks, sending Theory into the corner. Tozawa charges in the corner with strikes but Theory drops him into the top rope. Theory takes Tozawa back down and delivers a double stomp to the gut. Theory taunts Tozawa while stomping him into the corner. Theory keeps control and mounts Tozawa with strikes.

Theory keeps Tozawa grounded with a chinlock in the middle of the ring now. Tozawa gets a foot on the bottom rope to break the hold but Theory uses the 5 count. Theory keeps control and rocks Tozawa back into the corner. Theory whips Tozawa across the ring and he hits hard into the turnbuckles, going back down. Theory with a 2 count. Tozawa tires to mount offense but Theory drops him and drops on him for another pin attempt. Theory grounds Tozawa and talks more trash again, focusing on the arm as Tozawa screams out.

Tozawa fights up from the mat but Theory knocks him into the corner. NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair is confirmed for later tonight. Theory with a snap suplex for another close 2 count. Theory keeps Tozawa grounded on the mat again. Theory with a backbreaker for another pin attempt. Theory goes right back to keeping Tozawa grounded. Tozawa fights up again and this time hits a hurricanrana, sending Theory out. Theory comes back to the apron but Tozawa kicks him back to the floor. Tozawa goes to leap out but Theory retreats. Tozawa runs the apron and nails a big senton, sending Theory into the barrier. Vega looks worried on commentary now.

Tozawa keeps control and brings it back in. Tozawa kicks Theory in the head from the apron as he charges with a strike. Tozawa goes to the top and nails a missile dropkick for a close 2 count. Tozawa grabs Theory from behind but Theory fights him off. Tozawa with a jab. Tozawa with the Octopuss submission in the middle of the ring now. Theory overpowers and lifts Theory, bringing him down into The ATL for the pin to win.

Winner: Austin Theory

After the match, Theory stands tall as his music hits. We go to replays. WWE United States Champion Andrade and Angel Garza join Theory in the ring and they do a show of solidarity. They triple team Tozawa now as Vega applauds while standing on top of the announce table. Theory, Vega and Andrade raise their fists together again as Theory’s music hits, looking down at Tozawa laughing at him. Vega looks on from the announce table as we get another replay. The referee checks on Tozawa as Theory, Garza and Andrade mock him.

Angel Garza vs. Tehuti Miles

We go back to the ring and out comes Angel Garza with a rose in his teeth. He stops at a ringside photographer, gives her the rose and kisses her on the cheek. She blushes. Garza enters the ring as NXT Superstar Tehuti Miles waits in the ring.

The bell rings and they have words. They go at it and Garza dropkicks Miles in mid-air. Garza with a chop to the chest and some trash talking as we get a replay of the big dropkick. Garza with more aggressive offense and some trash talking into the camera. Garza, now in his trunks, keeps Miles grounded in the middle of the ring now. Garza with a big kick to the chest and some showing off on the ropes.

Garza grabs Miles in the middle of the ring and delivers the Wing Clipper for the pin to get the easy win.

Winner: Angel Garza

After the match, Garza stands tall as we go to replays. We come back and see Zelina Vega, Andrade and Austin Theory on the ramp. Theory and Andrade march to the ring to join Garza as Vega watches from the ramp. They triple team Miles into the corner and Andrade drops him with the Hammerlock DDT draping from the top. They all taunt Miles as Vega applauds from the ramp. We get another replay as Garza’s music hits. The trio puts their fists together again as they stand over Miles.

Drew McIntyre vs. Andrade

We go to the ring for tonight’s non-title champion vs. champion main event and out first comes WWE United States Champion Andrade with Zelina Vega, Austin Theory and Angel Garza. WWE Champion Drew McIntyre is out next, talking trash back to the heels as they taunt him. Drew and Andrade stare each other down. Drew kneels down and poses in the corner as Andrade raises his title in the air. Vega gets in Drew’s face and talks trash. Drew asks Andrade if he’s going to control her. Andrade taunts Drew and Drew says Andrade is his now, he belongs to Drew. The referee restores order and calls for the bell.

Andrade strikes first to start but it does nothing. Drew drops him with a headbutt. Drew takes Andrade to the corner and hits a big chop. Drew with more big strikes in the opposite corner. Drew chops Andrade into another corner as Team Vega talks trash from ringside. Drew catches Andrade with a huge kick in the corner. Andrade goes to the floor to regroup with his partners. Drew follows and drops Andrade ribs-first over the barrier. Drew chops Andrade around the ringside area as the referee counts.

Theory and Garza distract Drew, talking trash. Drew turns back around to Andrade pulling him shoulder-first into the ring post. Andrade turns it around on the floor now, beating Drew around and into the barrier. Andrade brings it back into the ring and focuses on the arm. Vega looks on and she’s all smiles. Drew stops more punishment to his hurt arm and sends Andrade to the apron. Andrade with an armbar using the top rope now. The hold is broken and the referee checks on Drew.

Andrade goes to the top and leaps off the top but Drew catches him. Andrade fights out of a suplex attempt. Drew levels Andrade with a big clothesline. Drew drops Andrade again. Drew levels Andrade with a big boot to the face. Drew goes to the top and nails a big right hand on the way down. Drew kips up as the others look on from ringside while Vega yells at Andrade to get up.

Drew manhandles Andrade some more. Andrade avoids the Futureshock DDT and nails a big elbow. Drew avoids an attack from the floor and back-drops Andrade onto Theory and Garza. Drew follows and chops Andrade above his partners, who are still down. Drew brings it back in and goes to the top but Vega distracts him from the apron. Andrade crotches Drew. Andrade goes for the top rope Hammerlock DDT, the same move that injured Drew in NXT, but it’s blocked. Drew ends up nailing a big Alabama Slam in the middle of the ring.

Drew waits for Andrade to get up and taunts him. Andrade gets up and Drew immediately flattens him with a Claymore Kick. Drew covers for the pin to get the non-title win.

Winner: Drew McIntyre

After the match, Drew stands tall as his music hits. Seth Rollins’ music interrupts for the distraction as Andrade takes Drew down with a chop block to the knee. Rollins hits the ring and drops Drew with a big shot in the middle of the ring. Rollins delivers the Stomp to put Drew back down. Rollins looks out at the camera while we see the WWE Title belt laying on the mat. Drew slowly gets back up but Rollins quickly puts him right back down with another Stomp. RAW goes off the air with Rollins standing tall over McIntyre.

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