WWE Raw Before WrestleMania Results: Huge Announcements for WrestleMania 37, Rhea Ripley and Drew McIntyre Stand Tall and more

April 6, 2021 10:03 am

WrestleMania 37 is almost here, but WWE Raw didn’t get us hyped for the big show. Apart from the main event, the episode featured filler and some horrible storytelling in one of Raw’s main rivalries. Keeping the complaints aside, let’s see who heads into WrestleMania with momentum on their side.

Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley victorious on WWE Raw

Both Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley had huge singles matches advertised for WWE Raw. The WWE Champion faced his former stablemate Cedric Alexander, while McIntyre took on Baron Corbin.

Lashley ran through Alexander and looks set to beat Drew at WrestleMania. Corbin could not take out McIntyre and ate a Claymore for his troubles, setting the path to WrestleMania completely clear for the #1 contender.

Rhea Ripley stands tall over Asuka

The #1 contender for the Raw Women’s Championship, Rhea Ripley teamed up with her WrestleMania opponent against Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler. Asuka and Ripley put on a strong fight, but a betrayal led to the champion getting pinned.

Despite the loss, Ripley heads into WrestleMania with the psychological advantage over Asuka. If there’s any way for the Empress of Tomorrow to win, she has to overcome the mind games and use her skill to put away her most fearsome challenger.

Riddle beats Ali, who brings back his old gear

Matt Riddle defends his United States Championship at WrestleMania against Sheamus. The Celtic Warrior has put together a string of excellent matches, making him a must-watch in 2021. While he misses out on a WWE Championship shot, the United States Championship is a worthy consolation.

On Raw, Riddle defeated Ali, who doesn’t have the support of Retribution anymore. He brought back his old gear from when he was a babyface on SmackDown, but it couldn’t help him get the win over Riddle.

The Miz takes his issues with Bad Bunny to the next level on WWE Raw

If you thought a guitar shot to the back was too much, wait till you see what The Miz pulled off on Raw. The former WWE Champion defaced Bad Bunny’s $3.6 million Bugatti with red paint.

Pissed off with what transpired, Bad Bunny and Damian Priest challenged Miz and Morrison to a tag team match at WrestleMania, and they happily accepted the challenge.

Other matches included: Xavier Woods beats AJ Styles, Braun Strowman beats Elias and Jaxon Ryker. Three WrestleMania matches confirmed: Tag Team Turmoil for #1 Contender for Women’s Tag Team Championships [Night 1], Women’s Tag Title match [Night 2], Bad Bunny and Damian Priest vs The Miz and John Morrison [Night 1].

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Nathan Fulgado

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. Nathan is a former athlete, competing at the national level during his school days, but his current focus remains on the art of pro-wrestling. When he isn't writing or talking about wrestling, he can be seen watching the legendary battles between the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, or what he regards as the best rivalry in wrestling history. As a fan of Japanese Strong Style and a supporter of independent wrestling, Nathan is an ardent follower of Kenny Omega, AJ Styles, Tomohiro Ishii and Hiroshi Tanahashi.

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