WWE Raw advertised the return of Bobby Lashley, Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman vs. MACE and T-BAR and a six-woman tag team match and a six-man tag team match.
WWE Raw viewership was down last week with 1.907 million viewers.
WWE Raw Ratings—Last Five Weeks
- April 19, 2021—1.907 million
- April 12, 2021—2.026 million
- April 5, 2021—1.701 million
- March 29, 2021—1.701 million
- March 22, 2021—1.816 million
WWE Raw—Key Competition
- Cable News Programming
- NBA Monday Night Slate
Pro Wrestling Bits—John Cena’s Springboard Stunner; A Rise and Fall
WWE Raw Total YouTube Viewership Last Week—9,573,071 views (Up from 8,238,969)
- Most-Viewed: Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman vs. Mace and T-Bar (2,369,240 views)
- Least-Viewed: Viking Raiders vs. Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander (181,612 views)
- Median Viewership: 488,871
WWE Raw Results—Monday, April 26, 2021
Braun Strowman def. MACE and T-BAR by Disqualification
MACE and T-BAR will need a lot more than an unmasking to be salvaged on the main roster after their forgettable stint with RETRIBUTION.
Still fresh off a storyline where his intelligence was questioned, Corey Graves noted he wasn’t sure whether Braun was being brave or stupid by accepting a two-on-one challenge.
Poor Mustafa Ali didn’t even get to keep the RETRIBUTION theme music in the divorce.
Three matches the past two weeks featuring MACE and T-BAR have resulted in three disqualifications, yet WWE still had the audacity to tease a fourth match before the break.
MACE and T-BAR def. Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre via Countout
After a fourth consecutive non-decisive finish as a duo, MACE and T-BAR are officially the tag team version of Keith Lee.
Adnan Virk took a beating on Twitter for the infamous line “we’re gonna need a bigger boat!” to describe the train-like Braun Strowman.
Drew McIntyre’s booking has been godawful since losing to Bobby Lashley and it continued tonight.
Damian Priest and The New Day def. The Miz, Elias and Jaxson Ryker
Throwing tomatoes at a bad performer is so 16th century.
Between the talking, the tomatoes and this match, this was a marathon segment.
Jaxson Ryker kicked out of a triple-team maneuver, and that one moment alone might have been his best booking to date.
Elias’ Sympho-knee is one of the better puns in all of WWE.
Sonya Deville Reinstates Charlotte Flair
This was one those rare moments where WWE said a referee’s name on camera.
Charlotte Flair did not appear to have undergone a complete makeover despite reports.
I hope WWE has a logical reason as to why Sonya Deville is helping out Charlotte Flair and why the referee was so accommodating. But, who are we kidding?
Sheamus Open Challenge for the United States Championship
According to Corey Graves, Sheamus’ open challenges aren’t limited to actual matches. Apparently, Sheamus can beat up his opponent prior to the match starting as he did last week, and it’s still considered an open challenge. This could be one long title reign.
It looks like Sheamus is going to be wrestling in street clothes moving forward.
In almost any other company, Humberto Carrillo would be a superstar waiting to explode, just based on the fire he showed tonight.
Bobby Lashley Returns
Bobby Lashley turned what should have been a whiny heel promo into a who common-sense gripe while tying it into this act by noting he needs to make decisions that will serve his business interests.
Randy Orton and Riddle def. Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander
RK-Bro has so much potential as an act if WWE ever took it seriously. Having said that, if and when Randy Orton turns on Riddle, Riddle’s character will somehow seem even dumber.
I look forward to the CGI birds flying around during Riddle’s entrance, and I don’t care who knows it.
The longer Randy Orton waited to tag in, the more obvious it seemed that this alliance wasn’t going to last.
Even the dueling poses of Randy Orton and Riddle coordinate perfectly. WWE has to do this!
Rhea Ripley, Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler vs. Asuka, Lana and Naomi
Angel Garza snuck onto television this week by giving Nia Jax flowers. Then Nia hilariously slapped Mandy Rose with the roses while saying “put them in water, [expletive].”
Corey Graves lashed out at Adnan Virk over a TikTok reference, and for a second there, Graves almost sounded like a 75-year-old man.
This match was consistently on the brink of falling apart.
Alexa Bliss’ Playground
Anybody who says they didn’t flinch during Alexa Bliss’ jump-scare prank is full of it.
Alexa Bliss hinted that Lilly is on her way to WWE, but The Fiend and Alexa Bliss seem to be the only two characters that WWE takes its own, sweet time with.
Charlotte Flair def. Mandy Rose
Corey Graves said Mandy Rose made a WrestleMania entrance “with all the grace of a baby giraffe.”
Graves used to praise Rose as God’s Greatest Creation, but now that Charlotte Flair is a super heel again, it’s clear where Graves’ allegiance lies.
If I didn’t know any better, I’d say WWE was building a feud between Charlotte Flair and WWE referee Eddie Orengo.
Braun Strowman def. Drew McIntyre
WDrew McIntyre had a great line when he said he thought Braun Strowman’s catchphrase was “Get Thee Hands,” not “Get These Handouts.”
This is now Braun Strowman’s second opportunity to be added to a WWE Championship match in as many months.
When Bobby Lashley’s music hit, Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre each acted like time stood still.
Braun Strowman almost dropped Drew McIntyre on his head while delivering a superplex.
Suddenly, it feels like Drew McIntyre has to win at WrestleMania Backlash.