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Backstage News On Botched Finish For #1 Contender Match On RAW

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Below are a couple of top WWE RAW stories:

• As seen on this week’s episode of RAW, The Miz defeated Bronson Reed, Ricochet and Ivar in a Fatal 4-Way match to become the #1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship.

After the match, Ivar attacked Miz and laid him out with a Moonsault. WWE then booked Miz vs. Ivar for next week’s RAW.

During the finish of this match, Ivar was pinning Ricochet and Miz was pinning Bronson at the same time, and the referee was counting the pin for both. However, Ricochet ended up kicking out before the 3 count, which resulted in Miz pinning Bronson and winning the match.

According to the Wrestling Observer, this finish was scheduled to be a double pinfall, which would’ve resulted in Miz vs. Ivar on next week’s RAW being for the #1 contender spot, with the winner going on to Survivor Series to face Gunther for the Intercontinental Championship.

However, Ricochet forgot to follow the plan and ended up kicking out because he got “rocked earlier in the match” (possible concussion), when his head bounced off the mat during a spot.

• According to PWInsider, there’s a lot of internal praise in WWE for RAW Superstar Damian Priest, who is the current Mr. Money In The Bank and the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champion (along with fellow Judgment Day member Finn Balor):

“He’s really impressed management by how hard and physical he’s worked and for gutting through quite a few times where he’s been banged up but kept going.”

Priest was booked to win the Money In The Bank contract because he’s seen as top-level, upper-echelon talent. His stock in the company rose after the match he put on with Bad Bunny at Backlash 2023.

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