Raw results: April 25, 2022
Randy Orton’s 20th Anniversary Celebration descended into chaos
One half off the Raw Tag Team Champions Riddle kicked off with the celebration of his RK-Bro partner Randy Orton and his 20-year Anniversary in the industry with the majority of the red brand roster surrounding the ring. After an emotional speech from The Viper, and a beautiful subsequent exchange with Cody Rhodes, the addition of Seth “Freakin” Rollins, Ezekiel, Kevin Owens and SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos made for a potentially explosive situation. Before things go out of hand, thought, WWE Official Adam Pierce opted to put the competitors into an Eight-Man Tag Team Match at the end of the night to commemorate the Viper's big milestone.
Seconds after an announcement, Owens sucker punched Ezekiel and promoted Orton to lay KO out with the RKO.
Bianca Belair def. Sonya Deville in a Raw Women’s Title Match
Sonya Deville restarted her title matchup twice against Raw Women's Champion Bianca Belair, adding mid-match No Count-Out and No Disqualification stipulations along the way and enlisting Queen Zelina and Carmella to create a defacto 3-on-1 Handicap Match. Nevertheless, the resilient EST of WWE roared back to overcome the odds and successfully defended her gold in her hometown by hitting the K.O.D. on the stunned WWE Official for the victory.
Veer Mahaan def. Sam Smothers
Although local competitor Sam Smothers seemed determined to give it his all in his match against the dominant Veer Mahaan, The Lion laid waste to his opponent's hopes and dreams by making him tap out with the Cervical Clutch. Veer once again continued his vicious assault after the bell and reappeared his excruciating submission on top of the announce table.
Bobby Lashley def. Omos - Arm Wrestling Challenge
Although Bobby Lashley ultimately overcame Omos in a fierce Arm Wrestling Matchup, a post-contest distraction by MVP allowed The Colossus to take down The All Mighty, slamming him into the contest table numerous times before repeatedly hurling the table down upon his adversary.
Akira Tozawa & Tamina def. Reggie & Dana Brooke
Following last week's chaos surrounding the 24/7 Title, Special Guest Referee R-Truth suspended the 24/7 Rule in an effort to help Raw’s lovebirds Reggie & Dana Brooke and Akira Tozawa & Tamina get back on the same page with a couple’s therapy edition of a Mixed Tag Team Match. However, second after Tozawa pinned Reggie, the victorious couple attempted to pin Dana for the 24/7 Title. Truth, however, pulled them back in an effort to get his baby back for himself. Nevertheless, Brooke managed to escape and got away from the mayhem with her title intact.
A returning Asuka steps up to to a stunned Becky Lynch
Returning for the first time since her epic clash with Bianca Belair at WrestleMania, Becky Lynch proclaimed that no one will stop her from reclaiming the Raw Women's Title in inspiring fashion. In that moment, however, Big Time Becks was interrupted by the reemergence of Asuka. Making it clear that she would stop Lynch because no one is ready for Asuka, The Empress flicked the irate Superstar in the nose. In response, Becky attempted an attack and nearly got taken out for her trouble before electing to retreat.
Damian Priest def. Finn Bálor
Edge and his Judgement Day cohort Damian Priest set the scales of their justice against Finn Bálor. When The Rated-R Superstar stood up from his thrown just enough to distract The Prince on the top rope, his actions paved the way for Priest to drive his opponent into the canvas for the dark win.
Mustafa Ali def. The Miz
One week after Theory captured the United States Championship, the new titleholder joined fellow outspoken Superstar The Miz as the special guest of "Miz TV." When a returning Mustafa Ali stepped up to stake his claim to a golden opportunity, though, Austin flat out rejected his challenge. Instead, he got on his phone and worked it out where The A-Lister would battle Ali instead!
Determined to prove he should be in contention for the title in the subsequent matchup, Ali seized the opportunity. When Miz went for the Figure Four Leg Lock in the final moments of the contest, Ali has the presence of mind to counter and pick up the quick pin fall on the A-Lister.
Before he had a chance to celebrate, though, Ciampa emerged from no where to attack Ali from behind.
RK-Bro, Cody Rhodes & Ezekiel def. The Usos, Seth “Freakin” Rollins & Kevin Owens in an Eight-Man Tag Team Match
In a whirlwind Eight-Man Tag Team Matchup set up earlier in the night to commemorate Randy Orton's 20 years n the industry milestone, The Viper celebrated the anniversary by leading his team to victory. With all of his teammates running on all cylinders to back him up in the height of the explosive action, the incomparable Orton delivered a fury of RKO's before his the final one on Jey Uso as the SmackDown Tag team Champion was coming off the top rope for the victory!