The promo duel between Randy Orton and WWE champ Drew McIntyre, which occurred last week, had made it clear that it was fair game at the SummerSlam program. Conversely, Raw was a mixed bag of missed opportunities this week. It’s worth notifying that WWE made absolutely stellar storytelling.
Following the RETRIBUTION’s destruction at the end of SmackDown on Friday, the Monday-night wasn’t quite disappointing. The show displayed all the low key stunts that fans expected. The windows were smashed backstage, a car turned over, the usual lights flickering, everything played perfectly into the final moments. This gave WWE a way to deliver something shocking for the fans.
Randy Orton clashed with Kevin Owens in the main event and the #1 contender won by turning a stunner attempt into an RKO. Just then the real things began to start. The former had some strong words for the Nature Boy as he branded Flair a liability.
In a fiery promo, Ortan telling Ric he is washed up and dropped a thinly veiled reference to his dead son (and Charlotte’s brother) Reid. Naitch reminded Randy about the time he almost died in 2017. All he wanted to do was tell people he loved them. He also claimed that he helped the Legend Killer break his WWE record for World titles.
Randy and Ric, touted to be longtime friends, hugged each other in the ring. The former then hit the latter with a low blow and lined up for the punt. It was around this time the lights started flickering. Orton then whispered goodbye to his friend as WWE Champion Drew McIntyre ran down to save him, warning Orton that he would pay for what he’s done.
The Monday Night RAW’s latest episode was phenomenal from start to finish. Now, it would be interesting to see how Ric Flair’s row is used in the storyline ahead of SummerSlam 2020.