3/18 WWE Monday Night Raw Results – Intercontinental Title on the Line; Stipulation Set for Lesnar/Triple H

Mike Killam

Team Hell No vs. Epico & Primo

Kane is pissed off after what happened between him and CM Punk last week, and launches an assault on Primo to start the match. Daniel Bryan tags himself in to get the match under control and nails Epico with the kitchen sink. Epico gets thrown to the corner and leaps off the top turnbuckle into a sunset flip pin attempt, but Bryan rolls through and gets distracted by the other cousin on the outside. The heels control Bryan and alternate quick tags to avoid getting disqualified. 

Eventually Kane gets the hot tag and launches Primo with big back body drop, followed by a clothesline in the corner. A huge sidewalk slam connects, and Epico gets knocked off the apron with an big haymaker to the jaw. Kane flies off the top turnbuckle with a clothesline and motions for the chokeslam, but AJ Lee's music hits and distracts them. Epico gets a tag but eats a chokeslam for his trouble, as Daniel Bryan dropkicks Primo out of the ring. 

Results: Team Hell No win via pinfall

Chris Jericho cuts a promo backstage on winning the Intercontinental Championship later tonight in his triple threat with Wade Barrett and The Miz. Fandango interrupts his interview, and asks Chris to pronounce his name correctly. Jericho goes on a rant calling him all sorts of names, until Fandango walks off in disgust. Jericho tells him he wants his movie tickets for "Dead Man Down" and Josh Matthews can't help but laugh. 

Cody Rhodes vs. Alberto del Rio

There's a slight difference to del Rio's entrance music, but I can't quite place it at the moment. Wrestlezone's Justin LaBar was shown in the front row cheering for the World Champ during his entrance. Cody Rhodes is in control early on in the match until he runs shoulder first into a ringpost, and gets dropkicked to the outside. 

After a commercial break, del Rio bounces off the top rope to counter an attack by Rhodes, but then gets turned inside-out by a clothesline. The battle up to the top rope, and del Rio drops his challenger on his face off an inverted suplex. A superkick connects to the side of Rhodes' head, but he kicks out just before the three-count. Cody gets thrown into the corner but counters with a big moonsault. A loud "USA" chant breaks out, but of course the commentary team doesn't mention it. The Cross Arm Breaker gets locked in, and Rhodes taps out. 

Results: Alberto del Rio wins via submission

After the match, Jack Swagger hits the ring and attacks Alberto del Rio from behind. Ricardo gets involved and gets tossed to the outside of the ring. Del Rio gets his second wind and the two brawl to the floor, as the champ sends Swagger into the barricade. He turns his sights on Zeb Coulter and grabs him by the jacket, but this gives Swagger enough time to respond, bouncing del Rio off the ring steps. Swagger throws the champ over the announcer's table, and then locks in the Patriot Lock on Ricardo. 

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