Matt Riddle and Randy Orton is not a pairing I ever would have thought would work but Riddle’s boyish enthusiasm is the perfect contrast to Orton’s general distaste for everything around him. Riddle has been steadily wearing Orton down for weeks, and they’ve had this play out in ways both subtle and obvious.
Riddle used the RKO last week and while Orton wasn’t entirely thrilled by it, he also didn’t exactly hate it. That’s something! It only made sense to come back this week and have Orton pick up a win over Xavier Woods using the Bro Derek, Riddle’s finish.
Riddle, of course, responded to this by completely losing his mind, and Orton looks like he’s about to break at all times. Then they go into the double pose and Randy, still not quite there, stops himself before going along with it. That’s perfect too because it’s building to a payoff, when he finally gives in, and that will be a moment all its own.
Hey, maybe there is something to this Orton guy being the best.
Here are all the highlights from Raw this week:
- Jimmy Smith anticipates his Monday Night Raw debut
- Nikki Cross issues a challenge to Charlotte flair on “Miz TV”
- Nikki Cross vs. Charlotte flair — Beat the Clock Challenge
- Xavier Woods vs. Randy Orton
- Reginald vs. Shayna Baszler
- Lucha House Party vs. MACE & T-BAR
- Ricochet vs. Sheamus
- Humberto Carrillo vs. Sheamus
- Eva Marie cannot wait to bring the Eva-Lution to Raw
- Naomi & Lana vs. Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke
- Shelton Benjamin vs. Cedric Alexander
- AJ Styles & Omos vs. Elias & Jaxson Ryker — Raw tag team championship match
- Shayna Baszler crashes “Alexa’s Playground” and attacks Reginald
- Mustafa Ali approaches Mansoor with some cryptic advice
- Bobby Lashley & MVP prepare for main event in the VIP Lounge
- Drew McIntyre vs. Kofi Kingston
- Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke hope they made a statement on Raw
- Riddle is elated after Randy Orton’s use of the Bro Derek