By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
WWE Raw (Episode 1,456)
Live from Tampa, Florida at Yuengling Center
Aired April 19, 2021 on USA Network
[Hour One] Adnan Virk, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton checked in on commentary. Drew McIntyre made his entrance while the broadcast team recapped his Triple Threat win from last week to give himself a rematch with Bobby Lashley for the WWE Championship at the WrestleMania Backlash pay-per-view.
McIntyre stood in the ring and delivered a promo about last week’s Triple Threat. He recalled Mace and T-Bar attacking him afterward and spoke about how he would get “retribution” once he gets his hands on the duo.
MVP made his entrance using a cane. McIntyre said MVP was just the man that he wanted to see. MVP acted innocent, but he also told McIntyre that he should start expecting the unexpected. MVP congratulated him on his Triple Threat win and said that Bobby Lashley thinks he will be a worthy adversary for him to beat again.
McIntyre asked MVP if he was going to look him in the eye and say that he had nothing to do with the attack. MVP said Lashley decided to downsize the Hurt Business. He questioned why they would hire Mace and T-Bar to attack him when Lashley has already proven that he can beat McIntyre.
MVP stated that Mace and T-Bar have zero affiliation with The Hurt Business. McIntyre exited the ring while talking about how it may have been a coincidence. McIntyre approached MVP and was attacked by Mace and T-Bar, who dragged him into the ring and put him down with a double chokeslam. Mace and T-Bar left the ring and walked past MVP, who remained at the bottom of the ramp. MVP smirked and then laughed while looking at McIntyre.
Mace and T-Bar headed backstage where Kevin Patrick asked them about their involvement with Lashley and MVP. They mentioned extinct animals, including sabertooth tigers, and said they were gone forever, which is exactly what they were going to do when they finish off McIntyre.
In the ring, McIntyre used the ropes to pull himself to his feet heading into a commercial break… [C]
Powell’s POV: I just keep hoping that Mace and T-Bar will be able to rip off their bad Purge masks so that this has a chance of working. That said, this was a solid followup to last week’s show closing angle.