• Matty Paddock

Raw Round-up 12/04/21: Charlotte Flair returns and popular team appear

Charlotte Flair made her return on WWE Raw and swiftly set about attacking Raw Women's Champion Rhea Ripley and Asuka.

Flair had been off screen for several weeks after confirming she'd tested positive for Coronavirus.

She missed WrestleMania as a result, where he she had been due to meet Asuka for the Raw Women's Championship.

With Flair forced to remain out of action, Ripley was called upon to fill the void and took the title from Asuka on night two of last weekend's epic show.

The 35-year-old self-proclaimed Queen wasted no time in getting straight back into the title picture, however.

Minutes after running down WWE's fans for giving her little in return for her sacrifices over the years, got involved in the Championship re-match between her two rivals that followed by leaving both laying.

Flair's was not the only return on the show as viewers saw the comeback of tag team The Viking Raiders after an absence of almost nine months due to a serious neck injury to Ivar.

The duo looked in good shape and defeated former Hurt Business members Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin with the Viking Experience. Later that night in a surprising ending to Raw, their spots in the faction looked to have been taken by former Retribution members T-Bar and Mace.

It was a productive night for MVP and Lashley - as well as recruiting new members, the latter made short and brutal work out of Riddle in the night's opening match.

Drew McIntyre was confirmed as the challenger to Lashley's title at WrestleMania: Backlash after the Scot defeated Braun Strowman and Randy Orton to earn another stab at the crown.

On an fairly busy night all round, other action saw The Miz and John Morrison edge past Damian Priest in a handicap match, The New Day defeat Elias and Jaxson Ryker, and Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler score a count-out victory over Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose.

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