Drew McIntyre won the WWE Championship for the second time in his career on Monday night, defeating Randy Orton in the main event of Raw. McIntyre spent the bulk of his match with Orton repeatedly failing to hit his Claymore Kick finisher, but in the final moments he dodged "The Viper's" RKO attempt, bounced off the ropes and finally nailed the finisher on his fourth attempt of the night. The victory means he will now face Universal Champion Roman Reigns in the main event of Sunday's Survivor Series pay-per-view.
Early in the match Orton attempted to leave and retain his championship via countout. Adam Pearce then made his way out onto the entrance ramp, announcing the match would now have No Disqualification or Countouts, and that there must be a winner.
"There will be No Count-Outs. There will be No Disqualifications. There WILL be a winner!" @ScrapDaddyAP has shook things up in this #WWETitle Match! #WWERaw @RandyOrton @DMcIntyreWWE pic.twitter.com/w9wol73NcF— WWE (@WWE) November 17, 2020
Orton then spent the bulk of the match using every weapon and cheap trick he could think of. McIntyre finally got the upper hand by dropping him through a table from the apron.
McIntyre looked directly into the camera as he celebrated, sending "The Tribal Chief" a message about their upcoming match — "Roman, set a place at the dinner table. Cause I'm coming over."
The victory brings an end to Orton's brief 14th reign as world champion. "The Viper" won the title from McIntyre in the main event of Hell in a Cell in late Octoer. Tonight's title changed also marked the first time the WWE title had changed hands on the Red Brand since Reigns defeated Sheamus for it in December 2015.
Check out the updated card for Survivor Series below:
- WWE Champion Drew McIntyre vs. WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns
- Men's Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match: Team Raw (Keith Lee, AJ Styles, Sheamus, Braun Strowman, Riddle) vs. Team SmackDown (Kevin Owens, Jey Uso, King Corbin, Seth Rollins, TBD)
- Women's Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match (Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, Lana, Lacey Evans, Peyton Royce) vs. Team SmackDown (Bianca Belair, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, TBD)
- Raw Women's Champion Asuka vs. SmackDown Women's Champion Sasha Banks
- United States Champion Bobby Lashley vs. Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn
- Raw Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Street Profits
- The Undertaker's "Final Farewell" appearance