Ric Flair proves why he still is the dirtiest player in the game. Meanwhile, Randy Orton makes a surprise return to add more salt to Shawn Michaels' wounds.05/25/2017 - 18:00
See exclusive slow-motion footage from intense Monday Night Raw battle between the teams of Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt & Samoa Joe.05/23/2017 - 17:30
WWE Top 10 takes you back to this week's Monday Night Raw to revisit the show's most thrilling, physical and controversial moments.05/23/2017 - 14:15
Time slows down as Finn Bálor goes to battle against his former "good brother."05/23/2017 - 12:45
Though the Extreme Rules Fatal 5-Way Match at Extreme Rules will be every man for himself, Raw's turbulent main event features a tag team showdown between a pair of shaky partnerships.05/23/2017 - 00:00
Following his loss to Kalisto, Titus O'Neil claims Apollo Crews' let down the Titus Brand.05/22/2017 - 23:45
The Wicked Witch of WWE looks to send a painful message to Bayley ahead of their Raw Women's Title Match at Extreme Rules.05/22/2017 - 23:45
Matt Hardy battles The Celtic Warrior for the right to choose the stipulation for their upcoming Raw Tag Team Championship Match at Extreme Rules.05/22/2017 - 23:45
Ahead of his Submission Match at Extreme Rules against WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville, Austin Aries goes head-to-head against Tony Nese.05/22/2017 - 23:30
Vic Joseph gives a special shout-out to his fellow WWE announcers for all their help, as he becomes the newest voice of WWE.05/22/2017 - 22:45
Apollo Crews takes on a high-flying masked adversary with Titus O'Neil keeping close watch.05/22/2017 - 22:45
The Boss will look to take charge of Alicia Fox in an explosive Raw showdown.05/22/2017 - 22:45
In anticipation of the imminent Street Fight on WWE 205 Live, The Brian Kendrick attacks Akira Tozawa and ignites an absolute melee.05/22/2017 - 22:45
It's lights, camera, action as Goldust talks about the flickering light that is his former cohort R-Truth.05/22/2017 - 22:30
The Advocate to Universal Champion Brock Lesnar comes forth to give Bálor the edge in Extreme Rules Fatal 5-Way No. 1 Contender's Match at Extreme Rules.05/22/2017 - 22:15
Finn Bálor goes to war against his former friend Karl Anderson.05/22/2017 - 22:00
Elias Samson makes his in-ring Raw debut against the reigning Intercontinental Champion.05/22/2017 - 22:00
Win or go home - for good
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As WWE Champion Randy Orton stood over a prone and battered Ric Flair, a faint hush seemed to fall over Charlotte Bobcats Arena. Our fans -- longtime followers of the "Nature Boy" in "Flair Country" -- looked on and believed they were seeing history, the end of a monumental career. They were saddened, but they knew someday this moment would come, that Flair's legendary career would end.
But thanks to Chris Jericho, someday did not come tonight. Due to Y2J's timely distraction, Flair will live to fight another day, and Orton was, in his mind, robbed of a moment of glory. (WATCH)
Before Raw tonight, rumors circulated throughout Charlotte that "Naitch" was going to announce his retirement. He hadn't competed in a match in months and speculation about his retirement spread when it was announced that he would appear on Raw in front of his hometown crowd in Charlotte. How fitting would it have been for the 16-time World Champion to end his career in front of the legion of fans who had been by his side from the beginning.
But when Flair appeared tonight, he admitted that his career must come to an end someday -- but not tonight. This brought out Mr. McMahon, a longtime Flair detractor, who claimed that he had watched too many legends continue to compete and make a mockery of their legacies and risk their health. The Chairman told Flair he could continue his career -- as long as he kept winning. Per order of Mr. McMahon, the next match the 16-time World Champion loses -- whether it be by disqualification, pinfall or submission on Raw, ECW, SmackDown or on pay-per-view -- will be his last. He will be forced to retire, and his glorious 30-year career will end. (WATCH)
As a self-proclaimed "Legend Killer," WWE Champion Randy Orton leapt at the chance to retire the legend of legends. He immediately challenged Flair, his former mentor in Evolution and a man he grew up watching, to a Career Threatening Match. In Orton's mind, the opportunity to end the Nature Boy's career in his own hometown was a chance to further cement his already-impressive legacy. (View the photo gallery)
Flair has never backed away from a fight. But in some ways tonight, he seemed resigned to the possibility that his career could end. He received well-wishes from two admirers, Shawn Michaels and Triple H. He conferred with two of his best friends in the world, Barry Windham and Arn Anderson, his former teammates in the Four Horsemen. The Raw locker room gave him a standing ovation. Flair had always wanted to end his career on his terms, but Mr. McMahon took that away from him. However, no matter what, if he was going down, Naitch was determined go down swinging.
For a while, it seemed that Flair would be forced into retirement. The younger, stronger Orton, who has sidelined John Cena and beaten greats such as Triple H and HBK, dominated the 16-time World Champion. Flair showed flashes of his brilliance and rallied in spurts, but the Legend Killer's victory seemed almost assured.
But just as Y2J returned last week to "save us," he helped save Flair from retirement. His distraction of Orton enabled Flair to give Orton a low blow and roll him up for a miraculous three-count. (Relive the action in this photo gallery)
Flair breathed a deep sigh as the rafters in the Charlotte Bobcats Arena shook. He avoided retirement tonight, but every match from now on will be a battle for his life. Flair has made an entire career out of defying the odds. He has won championships long after so-called experts thought he was past his prime. But when will the odds catch up to the Nature Boy?