WWE Raw: Matt Riddle Beats Three Members of the Hurt Business to Face Bobby Lashley for the United States Championship

Published 01/25/2021, 11:12 PM EST
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – AUGUST 04: WWE NXT wrestler Matt Riddle get ready to throw out the first pitch before the MLB game between the Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays on August 04, 2019 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Gauntlet matches can be fun, but they can also be extremely tedious to watch. Fortunately, Matt Riddle and the Hurt Business put on a stellar gauntlet match on Raw that saw the former pick up a huge win. Riddle beat three members of the Hurt Business in succession to challenge Bobby Lashley for the United States Championship.

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Matt Riddle chases the United States Championship; faces the Hurt Business

The United States Championship is coveted, but never has a wrestler fought so hard to challenge for it. Bobby Lashley has boosted the title’s reputation with his dominant run, and his feud with Matt Riddle will only increase it. The Original Bro beat Shelton Benjamin, MVP and Cedric Alexander to challenge for Lashley’s gold.

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Shelton Benjamin was his first opponent, who put him through the wrestling wringer. The former United States Champion was hell bent on preventing Riddle from challenging his CEO for the title. Benjamin had Riddle beat with a roll-up, but MVP had the referee distracted, which led to Riddle rolling him up for the win instead.

Up next was MVP, another former United States Champion. MVP was distracted trying to settle Alexander and Shelton Benjamin’s argument at ringside. Riddle took advantage of the distraction and took MVP down, locking in a knee-bar for the submission.

Cedric Alexander and the Bro put on a mini-classic

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Finally, Riddle faced the defiant and aggressive Cedric Alexander. The youngest member of the Hurt Business came agonizingly close to putting Riddle away on a few occasions.

He delivered a DDT to Riddle while he had him in a fireman’s carry. The resilient Alexander even popped back up after eating a German suplex to deliver a brainbuster for another stunningly close nearfall.

This match had fans begging for a one-on-one PPV clash between Cedric and Matt Riddle, which would blow Lashley vs Riddle out of the water. The finish came when Riddle had Alexander locked in the triangle choke, and Alexander could not get himself out of it. Riddle then rolled him up for the finish.

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With this stellar performance, Matt Riddle earned another shot at Bobby Lashley’s United States Championship. Although he’s submitted to the Hurt Lock before, we won’t be surprised to see him prevail with the United States Championship at the Royal Rumble.

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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