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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (5/7/18)

It’s the Raw after Backlash! The Big Dog survived the Destroyer by a narrow margin. Does he now move on to once again challenge The Beast for the WWE Universal Championship? Or will someone else step in his way? And what of the friendship between Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn after being demolished by Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley?

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Singles Match: Kevin Owens VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins and joins the Men’s MITB Ladder Match.
  • Six Man Tag: No Way Jose & Titus Worldwide VS Baron Corbin & The Revival; Corbin & The Revival win.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat Match: Ember Moon VS Sasha Banks VS Ruby Riott; Ember wins and joins the Women’s MITB Ladder match.
  • Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Chad Gable; Mahal wins.
  • Heath Slater & Rhyno VS Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre; Ziggler & McIntyre win.
  • Bobby Roode VS Elias; Roode wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS ???; Rollins wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
  • Bo Dallas & Curt Axel VS The Deleters of Worlds; win.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat Match: Finn Balor VS Sami Zayn VS Roman Reigns; Finn wins and joins the Men’s MITB Ladder match.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle, is here!

The Olympic Gold Medalist welcomes the fans in Nassau Coliseum to the show, and is proudly part of the WWE family for 20 years. What separates WWE from all others is that they never stop! They’re 52 weeks a year, with no end. From Wrestlemania to the Superstar Shake-Up to the Greatest Royal Rumble and Backlash. Next is Money in the Bank, with two matches: one for the men and one for the women, also co-branded. These matches are going to “kick some real butt.” Angle is excited, because Raw settles it in the ring. Tonight will have two qualifying Triple Threat matches. First is the women with Ember Moon, Ruby Riott and former champion, Sasha Banks. The other is the men, with Roman Reigns, Finn Balor and Sami Zayn. But BRAUN has something to say about that!

The Monster Among Men dominated alongside Bobby Lashley, and against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Strowman storms his way to the ring now and fans chant “Get These Hands!” Strowman brings up the time when he was a kid and the boys of the neighborhood made a tree house. They never asked Strowman for help, and when they got done, they bragged about their secret handshake. Do you know what Strowman did to that tree house? Destroyed it? No, even better. He made sure they were all in it first, then knocked the entire tree down! Angle admits Strowman’s on a roll, from being Raw Tag Team Champion to the Greatest Royal Rumble winner. If anyone deserves a shot, it’s him. But Kevin Owens appears!

The Prizefighter says that he deserves to be in the MITB match! He may not be wanted, but he IS the MVP of Raw. Kevin has fans chanting his name all over the world, but more importantly, he’s a team player. “Unlike Braun Strowman.” The wrong man was pinned last night at Backlash, that’s against the rules. Reverse the decision and make Kevin & Sami the winners and Strowman a loser! Kevin deserves the MITB match, without qualifying, but for everything he’s been through! Strowman deserves to be sent to timeout! Angle says Kevin can’t just be put into the match. He lets Strowman know he has a qualifying match.

Kevin protests, but Strowman threatens Kevin with hands! Kevin wants fair treatment. Angle better make the right decision, given how he needs this job and how Stephanie McMahon is watching. That decision is that the first Raw superstar to enter the MITB match is Kevin. Angle knows Stephanie is watching, but he brings up the qualifying match. Strowman will go up against Kevin, right now! Can Kevin survive to then try his hand at MITB?

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Singles Match: Kevin Owens VS Braun Strowman!

The bell rings and Strowman goes right at Kevin. Kevin evades and clubs away, but then Strowman pushes him into the referee. Kevin goes after Strowman but Strowman pushes and runs Kevin over. Strowman glares while Kevin gets out of the ring. Strowman gives chase, and they return to the ring. Kevin clubs away then runs, but into the backhand from Strowman! Strowman stalks Kevin, drags him back up, then clubs him with a big forearm. Strowman roars and fans cheer, then he gives a jumping stomp to Kevin. Kevin begs for mercy but Strowman just whips him corner to corner hard. Strowman watches Kevin writhe in agony, because “This is what you deserve, you coward!”

Kevin chops Strowman to no effect, but Strowman whips Kevin corner to corner again. Strowman stalks Kevin to a corner, then stands him up just to club him again. Kevin wants Strowman to stop but Strowman only runs corner to corner. Kevin gets the boots up, then hops up, only for Strwoman to topple him down with an uppercut. Strowman wants to go out and fetch Kevin, but the referee keeps him back. Strowman slips out the side, runs over but Kevin runs away. Kevin can’t get away fast enough, Strowman grabs him! Strowman drags Kevin up onto the barrier, but Kevin breaks free to hit Strowman with a Tornado DDT!

The Monster Among Men is reeling, but Kevin gets back in the ring. Kevin settles for the ring count. The count reaches 5 before Strowman stands, and Strowman manages to return at 8. Kevin grows desperate, especially with fans chanting “Get These Hands!” Kevin throws punches and kicks to keep Strowman down, then runs, but into the one-handed STO! Strowman and Kevin stand up, Kevin dodges and lets Strowman hit post! Kevin will let the count do his work again while he catches his breath. Strowman stirs at about 4, then pulls himself up at 6. He manages to beat the count at 8 again. Kevin is further frustrated while we go to break.

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Raw returns as Strowman fights up and out of a chinlock. Kevin knees low, then clubs Strowman on the back. Kevin runs, but into another STO! Then Strowman deadlifts Kevin for a CHOKE SLAM! Strowman catches his breath then walks over to Kevin. He brings Kevin up, scoops him, but Kevin slips out to kick the legs. Kevin kicks and kicks, then SUPERKICKS Strowman. Strowman stays up, so Kevin kicks and drops the back senton! Cover, ONE, and Kevin is shocked. Kevin argues with the ref, then takes aim from across the way. Kevin runs in corner to corner, but Strowman blocks the cannonball with a shove and a boot!

Strowman runs in corner to corner, but misses again to hit buckles. SUPERKICK again, then Kevin hurries to the corner. Kevin climbs up, FROG SPLASH! TWO, and with such power! Kevin is further shocked, but he still has Strowman on the defensive. He hurries up to his feet and glares at Strowman. Kevin kicks but Strowman blocks it. Strowman swings but misses, SUPERKICK again. Kevin pushes Strowman, but no Pop-Up for the Monster. Strowman clobbers Kevin with a clothesline! Then the corner to corner splash. Kevin rolls out of the ring, but Strowman slips out the side. Strowman builds speed, and runs Kevin over! The fans are thunderous, so Strowman takes a lap, to RUN KEVIN OVER!!

Strowman puts Kevin in the ring, but Kevin slips back out. That’s fine by Strowman, he RUNS KEVIN OVER AGAIN! Strowman puts Kevin back in the ring one more time, then scoops him up, for the MONSTER Slam! Cover, Strowman wins!

Winner: Strowman, by pinfall; qualifies for the Men’s Money in the Bank Match

It doesn’t matter how many other men are going to be in that Ladder Match, this might be the man to win it all. Will Strowman reach new heights and become Mr. MONSTER In The Bank?

 

Backstage interview with Roman Reigns.

The Big Dog “handled his business” at Backlash, but how does he feel about tonight’s Money in the Bank qualifier? That he’s the uncrowned Universal Champion but management disagrees. Roman can’t control backstage politics, but when he’s in the ring, he’s in control. He silences the haters and doubters night after night. Just ask Paul Heyman. Ask Brock Lesnar. Ask Samoa Joe! Sami Zayn and Finn Balor are dealing with a pissed off Roman, who vows to dominate, win, and become Mr. MITB to take what’s rightfully his. “You understand?”

 

Superstars speak on Money in the Bank.

The Huggable One would love to climb up and hug the MITB contract briefcase. The Fashion Police have a case. The MITB briefcase. It has a contract, so they’ll climb up and close this case.

 

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Kurt Angle speaks with Goldust.

The Bizarre One quotes Million Dollar Baby, he wants his shot at MITB. “It is my quest! The Ultimate Gold.” But Jinder Mahal also wants in. He thought Raw would be a good move, so why is he not in tonight’s Triple Threat yet Roman is? What makes Mahal think he deserves anything? He hasn’t won on Raw yet. Angle has a match for Mahal, against Chad Gable, the “Mini-Me” who beat him. Maybe if he wins, he’ll get his shot. Maybe. The Maharaja storms back out, while Goldy paraphrases All About Eve, “it’s gonna be a bumpy night.”

 

Six Man Tag: No Way Jose & Titus Worldwide VS Baron Corbin & The Revival!

The Fighting Fiesta has joined up with Titus’ team, and they’ve joined his conga line. Meanwhile, the Lone Wolf teams up with two #TopGuys in tag team wrestling. Can Jose, Titus & Apollo keep the party going? Or will Corbin #SayYeah alongside Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson?

The bell rings and Dash starts against Titus. They circle and Dash throws forearms and chops. TItus puts Dash in a corner to give back a chop. Titus brings Dash over and tags in Apollo to help ram as houlder into Dash. He then scoops and slams Dash for Apollo’s standing moonsault. Apollo brings Dash up but Dash powers him to his corner. Tag to Dawson but Apollo rallies on The Revival. Apollo gives another standing moonsault to Dash, then drags Dawson up for a suplex. Dash saves Dawson, then Dawson tags Corbin for them both to club away on.

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Corbin drags Apollo out to throw him into the barriers. Corbin taunts teh fans, then bumps Apollo off the apron. He puts Apollo in the ring to then taunt Titus and Jose. Corbin gives Apollo a stiff right, then tags to Dawson. Dawson kicks Apollo, then puts him in a corner to back suplex him out of it. Dawson drops legs, then covers, TWO. Jose and Titus rally for Apollo, but Dawson pushes and catches Apollo into the abdominal stretch. Fans join in on the rally, but Dawson clubs Apollo before pushing him again. Dawson and Apollo circle each other, going for the abdominal stretch, but Dawson tags to Corbin. Corbin rocks Apollo with a right, then throws Apollo into the corner.

Apollo fights back, but Corbin knees low. Corbin takes out Titus then taunts Jose, but Apollo gets him with an enziguri! Both men are down, Dana helps rally with the fans. Hot tags to Dawson and Jose! Jose rallies on both Dash & Dawson, then whips Dawson for a boot. He hip toss neckbreakers Dash then shoulders Corbin out. Jose runs at Dawson for the big splash, and fireman’s carry fro a rolling senton. Cover, but Dash breaks it up. Titus throws Dash to a corner but Dash boots him down. Dash staggers but Apollo gets him with the leaping lariat. Apollo kips up and fires up, but Corbin dumps him out of the ring.

Jose is alone with Dawson, but he scares off Corbin. Dawson comes in, Corbin tags, Jose doesn’t see it as he gives Dawson the Fast Ball Special! Corbin gets Jose with End of Days! Corbin & The Revival win!

Winners: Corbin & The Revival (Dash & Dawson), Corbin pinning

The Lone Wolf worked well with Dash & Dawson, and brings the party to a halt for now. Will he continue to have fun ruining other superstars’ fun and head towards a title?

 

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Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat Match: Ember Moon VS Sasha Banks VS Ruby Riott!

The Prophecy of Flame is still new but red hot in the Raw Women’s Division. The Legit Boss wants her way back to the top. And the Squad leader has been on quite the roll since coming over through the Superstar Shake-Up. With Raw finally getting in on MITB, who will be the first woman from the Red Brand to join in?

The bell rings and all three women look up at the briefcase. Ruby hits first, going after both Sasha and Ember. She already feels that briefcase is hers, but her double whip backfires. Ember and Sasha double hip toss Ruby, so Ruby regroups with the Squad. Sasha rolls Ember, TWO, and things speed up. Ember lands out of the hip toss to arm drag Sasha, then roll up, TWO. Sasha slaps Ember down, but Ember glares as she sits back up. Sasha goes acrobatic for the arm drag then gets a drop toehold. Ruby trips Sasha up and pulls her out, then mule kicks Ember down. Cover, TWO, but Ruby keeps her cool.

Ruby throws Ember into a corner, then rams in her shoulder. She stomps but Sasha returns to kick and whip. Ruby reverses then stops Sasha from going up and over to kick her out. Now Ruby goes up and hits Deadly Nightshade!

But then Ember dropkicks Ruby and covers, TWO. Ember keeps on Ruby, but Ruby throws her down by her hair. Ember springs back up and mule kicks Ruby down. Now Ember runs, for the sliding shot. Cover, TWO. Ember drags Ruby up in a facelock, then pulls back. Ruby hits back then shoves, and the Squad swipes at Ember. Ember turns around into Ruby’s STO, cover, TWO. Ruby intercepts Sasha with an elbow, then kicks Ember while she’s down. Ruby stalks Ember and pulls her into the cobra clutch. Ember resists but Ruby shifts things to a straitjacket.

Fans rally for the War Goddess, and Ember stands up, only to be yanked back down. Cover, TWO, and Ruby grows frustrated. Ruby rams her knee into Ember, then kicks her while she’s down. Ruby drags Ember back up but Ember fights back with body shots. Ember runs but into a back elbow. Cover, Sasha breaks it up. Ruby kicks Sasha, then brings her around and also grabs Ember, inverted DDT and Complete Shot!

Cover on Sasha, TWO. Cover on Ember, TWO. Ruby is furious, and takes it out on Ember and Sasha with hammering rights. Ruby scrapes Sasha out of the ring, then goes back to Ember. Ember revives and rolls Ruby up, TWO, Ruby clotheslines Ember down. Cover, TWO. Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan argue with the ref on Ruby’s behalf while Ruby puts Ember in a chinlock.

Fans rally again, and Ember stands up, only for Ruby to drop her again. Cover, TWO, and Ruby is furious as she puts the chinlock back on. Sarah and Liv cheer her on but the fans build for Ember. Ember uses a jawbreaker, then Sasha returns. Sasha rallies on Ruby with lariats, then blocks the kick to give a knee. Ember returns and springboards onto Sasha, TWO. All three women are down, but Ember goes after Ruby with the half-hatch suplex. Ember gets Sasha with one, then kips up again. Ember dropkicks Ruby out, then runs at Sasha. Sasha dodges to give double knees. Sasha runs in but Ember puts her on the apron, so Sasha goes up to take out the Squad! Ruby takes Sasha out with a missile dropkick! Ember DIVES on Ruby!

Ember puts Ruby in to cover, TWO. All the women are down but the fans are thunderous. Ember climbs up but has to fight off Liv, only for Sarah to yank her down. Ruby and Sasha are up, and Ruby tries to suplex Sasha in. Sasha hits back then climbs up, for her own bit of Nightshade. Sasha climbs up again, but Ruby rocks her with a right. Ruby climbs up, but Sasha fights back, they brawl up top. Ruby gets the edge with headbutts, then gives Sasah a SUPER Stainer, that Sasha rolls through! The SQUAD break the cover! No DQ’s allows this, and they just mug Sasha on the outside. But it’s Bayley to the rescue!

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Bayley fights off the Squad, but that just gets her beat down, too. The Squad keep her and Sasha down, but Bayley comes around from the side. Ruby is ready for Sasha, but still gets rolled up, TWO. She spins Ruby around, Ruby bucks her off. Ruby mule kicks Sasha, then wrenches the arm, but Sasha rocks her with a right. ECLISPE!! Ember covers Ruby, Ember wins!

Winner: Ember, by pinfall; qualifies for the Women’s MITB

The #Shenom came outta nowhere to take the match! She didn’t need numbers nor friends to do it, she did it all alone. Will she #EclipseTheCompetition once the field is filled?

 

 

Backstage interview with Ember Moon.

How does she feel about her “underdog” victory here tonight? She’s “over the moon.” Ember’s been an underdog before, and people always try to limit her. She seized the opportunity and proved she embodies Skill, Honor & Heart. Ember Moon will rise to every opportunity, including the MITB contract.

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WWE and Raw take a look at Bobby Lashley.

A stand out in collegiate wrestling with a military pedigree and training, Lashley won both silver and gold medals in international wrestling tournaments. Lashley would be injured before joining the Olympics, but he met Kurt Angle and found himself in professional wrestling. Lashley dominated in his first run, and one of the fastest champions in history. After all this success, he moved to MMA to go 15-2. Lashley returns now after 10 years and has even higher aspirations.

Exclusive interview with Bobby Lashley.

He’s finally back in the WWE. We know about him as a superstar, but what about him as a person? Lashley had a great family, and family is what he’s about. He’s very close with his three older sisters, though it didn’t feel that way as a kid. His oldest sister would chase him around with a broom, so he teased her as a witch. His other sister had a security towel as opposed to a blanket, but it got dingy and dirty and stinky. One day, that towel was bruoght to school and a bully took it, so Bobby stepped in and made that bully eat that towel. The youngest sister, “Daddy’s little girl”, loved carrying their father’s Army helmet around. Lashley once hid that helmet, but he’s got the scar to prove never to prank his sister again.

Lashley now has the WWE Universe as his family, and hopes to have a lot of fun with them, too. But before Lashley signs off, he lets his sisters know he loves them. With family at the heart of this Alpha Male, is there anything he can’t do in the WWE this second time around?

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Sami Zayn talks with Kevin Owens backstage.

Sami feels a cloud of conspiracy raining on their parade. Kevin knows that, he just went up against Strowman! If anyone is a victim here, it’s him. Sami doesn’t want Kevin to let the others turn them against each other. Kevin brings up how Sami slapped him. That was yesterday, this is today. Sami and Kevin need to seize positions of power, and that means becoming Universal Champion, which means wining the MITB contract. Sami apologizes, but they’ll both be sorry if they lose. Triple threats mean no disqualifications, so does Kevin have Sami’s back? Yes, he has Sami’s back. “Don’t you mean Yep?” No, he means yes. Will Kevin really come through for his “best friend” tonight?

 

Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Chad Gable!

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The Moderan Day Maharaja insulted the Olympic medalist by comparing him to Mini-Me of Austin Powers, but still lost to him all the same. Can Mahal even the score with this rematch and also earn a chance for Money in the Bank?

The bell rings and Gable evades Mahal to rock him with the rolling kick. Gable unloads European Uppercuts, then whips Mahal. Mahal reverses but Gable goes up and over. Gable keeps moving, slides under Mahal and gets the waistlock for a slam. Gable holds on and rolls Mahal, ONE, but Gable just shifts to a facelock. Mahal stands up and powers Gable to the apron, but Gable rocks him with a forearm. Mahal rams a shoulder and sends Gable flying off the apron! He then stalks Gable on the outside, puts him on the apron, and rams his chest into the edge. He does it again, then covers, TWO. Mahal looms over Gable and brings him up for a bearhug.

Gable endures, then pries his way out of the hold to give more EuroUppers. Gable whips but Mahal reverses again and sends Gable into buckles hard. Mahal drags Gable up for the abdominal stretch. Gable endures while fans build to a rally. Gable arm-drags out but Mahal runs back in, only to get a back elbow. Mahal goes to shove Gable but Gable traps him in a hanging armbar! Gable lets go at 4, then climbs up fora MOONSAULT!

That brings Mahal down, TWO. Gable waistlocks but Mahal elbows out to then run Gable over with a knee. Mahal drags Gable up, scoops him, then tosses him up, but Gable rolls him up! TWO, and Gable can’t believe it. Mahal slips out to the apron, then hot shots Gable back. Mahal boots Gable down, then fires himself up. He grabs Gable in the cobra clutch, KALLAS. Cover, Mahal wins!

Winner: Mahal, by pinfall

The Maharaja does get even, and gets his first win since joining Raw. Sunil rubs it in on Gable, but Gable shoves him away, so Mahal kicks Gable in the ribs. Mahal brings Gable up, for the shoulder rack to ram him into a corner. Mahal drags Gable up again for knees to the ribs over and over, then hangs him up on the ropes with a suplex. The fans boo and jeer but Mahal just boots Gable out of the ring. Mahal wants to know if Angle was watching that. Mahal may have won the match, but will he earn a MITB opportunity with this behavior?

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More superstars speak on MITB.

Alexa Bliss says bullies won’t keep her from accomplishing her dreams. She vows to be a true role model to fans. The Ascension vow to rise to the top, win MITB, and turn Monday Night Raw into the Wasteland.

 

Kurt Angle meets with Zack Ryder.

This is his hometown! What would be better than the hometown hero qualifying for the MITB match? Angle likes Ryder, but Mahal interrupts. Mahal brags about what he did to Gable. Roman is undeserving, but he can stay in the match so long as Mahal joins tonight’s main event. A Fatal 4 Way, huh? Woo Woo Woo, NO, bro. Ryder chuckles while Mahal storms out again. Angle fists bumps Ryder, can Ryder find himself a chance at that golden opportunity?

 

Heath Slater & Rhyno VS Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre!

The One Man Band and Man Beast wnat to climb the tag team ladder, but now they’re up against the Show-Off and the Scottish Stud. Will the newest duo in Raw’s Tag Team Division prove why they are the show?

Fans chant ECW for Rhyno as he starts against Ziggler. Ziggler gets around then chops Rhyno, then gets around again. Rhyno reverses and runs Ziggler over with a clothesline, then brings Ziggler over. Tag to Slater, and Slater climbs up to drop the ax handle. Slater runs and runs Ziggler over, Rhyno and the fans chant “He’s got Kids!” Slater tries the suplex but Ziggler slips out. Ziggler tags to McIntyre, and fans remember “3MB! 3MB!” Slater welcomes McIntyre back before throwing hands. He backs McIntyre down and whips him, but McIntyre reverses.

Slater goes up and over, only for McIntyre to kick him down! McIntyre slithers around to take aim at Slater. Rhyno and the fans rally for Slater, bu t McIntyre rips off that shirt to throw it at Rhyno. McIntyre chops Slater, then blocks the boot to drag Slater upside-down. Ziggler tags in to SUPERKICK the hanging Slater, into the inverted Alabama Slam. McIntyre rocks Rhyno for good measure, then Ziggler tags him back in. Ziggler brings Slater up, and McIntyre runs, Claymore Zig Zag! McIntyre covers, eh and Ziggler win!

Winners: Ziggler & McIntyre, McIntyre pinning

This team is on a roll with their mix of speed and aggression. Is it only a matter of time before they’re challenging for the Raw Tag Team Championships?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Elias.”

The Drifter is in Long Island, and as always, he asks “Who Wants to Walk with Elias?!” Sounds like Long Island does. Elias knows so many truths, and no truth is more apparent than that WWE means “Walk With Elias!” Long Island knows it, too! Elias is on another planet, but he was interrupted by pancakes, conga lines, and that fraud known as Bobby Roode. He’s surprised Long Island doesn’t like Bobby Roode, as this is the home of Billy Joel, a “talent-less, boring hack.” Maybe Roode forgot what Elias did to him last week, but if Roode does it again, Elias will rip his vocal chords out. Elias then vows to go on to Money in the Bank and win it. Fans prefer “Rusev Day!” Rusev Day has nothing on Elias!

Elias begins playing, “Bobby thinks he’s Gloruios, he doesn’t have a clue. Truth is, he’s dead inside, just like all of you.” If you disagree, then you’re out of luck. The Islanders could come back but Long Island would still suck. Pardon the GLORIOUS Interruption, but…

Elias VS Bobby Roode!

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The Drifter moves from playing guitar to wrestling the former United States Champion in a rematch from a couple weeks ago. Elias is 2-0, can he make it a clean sweep?

The bell rings and the two go right at each other. Roode fights Elias off, but Elias trips him up. Roode turns it around to hammer away on Elias, then throws hands while they stand. He whips but Elias reverses, only for Roode to run him over. Fans cheer while Roode climbs up to the top rope. Elias stands and Roode takes him down with a flying clothesline. Roode winds it up, GLORIOUS Pose! He kicks but Elias blocks, so it’s an enziguri that sends Elias flying! Roode has control while we take a break.

Raw returns and Roode chops Elias into a corner. Roode whips but Elias reverses, then throws Roode with a back body drop. Roode writhes while Elias catches his breath. Elias stalks Roode, then throws body shots and clubbing forearms on him. Elias scoops Roode up and tosses him, then covers, TWO. The Drifter grows frustrated but he keeps on Roode with an elbow drop. Roode shouts in pain, and Elias puts him in a crossface to pull back on the bad back. Roode endures while fans rally. Elias elbows Roode down then puts the crossface back on. Roode endures and fans rally again. Roode rolls to a cover, TWO, and Elias knees low. Elias whips Roode but Roode kicks him away.

Roode fires back with haymakers, dodging Elias’. Roode backs Elias down with chops, then whips him corner to corner. Elias reverses and Roode hits buckles hard. Elias drags Roode up and scoops him, but Roode slips out. Roode hits the GLORIOUS Spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Fans duel while both men slowly stir. Elias gets to a corner while Roode fires himself up. Roode runs in at Elias for a bit clothesline, but Elias denies the bulldog with a backbreaker. Cover, TWO, and Elias grows frustrated. Elias stomps away on Roode, then brings him up for a powerbomb. High stack cover, TWO, but Elias tries another, TWO.

Elias grows further furious while Roode crawls to ropes. Elias stalks Roode, and has an idea. He undoes the cross bar on the post, then drags Roode up on the apron. Elias aims for a repeat, but Roode elbows hima way. Roode fights Elias off but Elias kicks him on reentry. Elias clubs away but Roode fights back, it’s a brawl now. Elias kicks low but Roode powers Elias up, only for Elias to slip out and knock Roode down. He stalks Roode again, drags him up, and talks trash. ROode GLORIOUS DDT outta nowhere! Cover, Roode wins!

Winner: Roode, by pinfall

The GLORIOUS One guts it out and finally gets on the board against Elias. Will this comeback victory help Roode impress Angle enough for a Money in the Bank opportunity?

In-ring interview with Roode.

This victory feels more than “great.” Roode knows things will get better, because Angle has been giving out MITB qualifiers. After that, Roode hopes he’s next in line. Because beating Elias was great, but winning MITB would be… “Absolutely GLORIOUS!”

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Seth Rollins is here!

The Architect retained his Intercontinental Championship at Backlash against the Hollywood A-Lister, The Miz. Now the Grand Slam Kingslayer is here to tell Long Island that he’s feeling pretty good about it. He admits The Miz took him to the limit in their match, but in the end, Rollins stomped out Miz’s dream to tie the record of title reigns. Fans let Rollins know, “You Deserve It!” Rollins also admits that there’s one thing we can learn from The Miz: what kind of champion to NOT be. Rollins wants to be a full-time fighting champion. And Rollins knows we’re on the road to Money in the Bank, and he knows a thing or two about that. He knows how winning the contract can change your life. But his focus isn’t MITB, his focus is making the IC Title THE title on Raw.

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Therefore, Rollins will give someone else an opportunity. In other words, Rollins is issuing an Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge, right here and now!

WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS ???

Who accepts this golden opportunity? Mojo Rawley!

The man with Killer Instinct walks out and says this is the debut he deserves. When opportunity knocks, Mojo knocks people down. Which is what he’ll do to Rollins right now. Long Island would rather have Ryder, but Mojo knocked Ryder down before, too. Mojo promises to take the title away, then still qualify for the MITB Ladder Match, win it, and go after The Beast. This isn’t Monday Night Rollins, this is going to be Monday Night Rawley! Rollins accepts, and tells Mojo to come in and get his ass kicked!

Mojo enters the ring, the introductions are made and we have our match. Rollins and Mojo circle, tie up, and Mojo gets a headlock. Rollins endures while fans still want Ryder, “Woo Woo Woo!” The champ powers out and dropkicks the challenger down, then chops him before going for a suplex. Mojo blocks and counters but Rollins lands on his feet, then sends Mojo out. Rollins dropkicks then slingshots, but lands on his feet, only fro Mojo to clobber him from behind. Rollins staggers, Mojo runs in, and blasts Rollins into the barriers! The #KillerInstinct is in control while we go to break.

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Raw returns and Mojo has Rollins in a chinlock in the ring. Rollins stands up and fights back with body shots. He chops Mojo, then runs, but into Mojo’s grip. Mojo powers Rollins to a corner and rams him against buckles again and again. Mojo throws Rollins down with an STO, covers, TWO. The Maryland Mean Machine toys with Rollins. He taunts the fans for liking Rollins, then drags Rollins up. Rollins chops and chops again, but Mojo kicks low. Mojo throws Rollins to a corner, but runs into the buckle shot! Mojo crawls away but runs back in, to Rollins’ elbow. Rollins hops up, jumps over Mojo, then ducks under to enziguri!

Rollins clotheslines Mojo out of the ring, then builds speed to DIVE! He wipes out Mojo then gets back in the ring, to DIVE again! Rollins is all fired up as he puts Mojo back in. Mojo runs into a boot, then Rollins hops up for the blockbuster. Cover, TWO. Rollins keeps his cool while Mojo gets to a corner. Rollins stands up and runs at Mojo for the forearm smash. He keeps going, but Mojo puts him on the apron. Rollins springboards but Mojo gets under to then spinebuster Rollins down! Cover, TWO, and Mojo grows frustrated. Mojo stands up and waits for Rollins.

Rollins slowly stands, Mojo lifts him up in the fireman’s carry, but Rollins fights out. Roll up, TWO, mule kick! Cover, TWO, and Rollins is a bit surprised. But he also nods, respecting Mojo’s resiliency. Rollins stands, and stomps for “Burn It Down!” Rollins takes aim, mule kicks again, but Mojo blocks the stomp into a fireman’s drop! Cover, TWO, and Mojo is enraged! He argues with the referee, he thought that was three. Mojo calms down, then stalks Rollins again. He drags Rollins up, throws him, and hits the Pounce! Rollins ends up in a corner, Mojo speeds up, but runs into a SUPERKICK! Revolution Knee, mule kick, and CURB STOMP!

Cover, Rollins wins!

Winner: Rollins, by pinfall; still WWE Intercontinental Champion

The Architect keeps his title, and keeps things #MondayNightRollins. This fighting champion continues to grow the prestige of the IC title, will he truly make it THE title in WWE?

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Finn Balor speaks.

Why is he smiling? Most people wouldn’t be if they had a triple threat match tonight, but not Finn. Finn earns his opportunities, and he thrives on pressure. When Finn wins tonight and then wins the MITB, that victory will be #TooSweet.

 

Bo Dallas & Curt Axel VS The Deleters of Worlds!

The duo formerly known as The Miztourage are now “leading men”, and they’re second generation superstars to boot. Can they use their genetics against the Raw Tag Team Champions to win tonight? Or will they simply be… DELETED?! #StayTuned and fine out.

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Bray Wyatt and Bo start, and Bray even gives Bo a free shot. Bo tags Axel, Axel runs into the turn-around lariat! Bray tags Matt, they hit Axel with a combination body check and Russian leg sweep. Cover, TWO, but Matt simply says DELETE! Axel refuses the Twist, then clubs away on Matt. Bo tags in, and he clotheslines Matt to then feed Matt to Axel’s DDT. Bo covers, TWO, so he drops knee after knee on Matt. Cover, TWO, so Bo wraps on a chinlock. Matt endures while fans rally, and Matt fights back with body shots. Matt ducks Bo’s punch to hit the Side Effect! Bray and the fans rally, hot tags to Bray and Axel! Bray rallies with palm strikes, then runs to get the body check!

Matt feels it coming, the WONDERFUL Spider-Walk. Bo comes in but gets a boot, then Bray runs at Axel. Axel boots Bray away, then jumps up, but flies into the yurinagi. Fans chant “DELETE! DELETE!” Matt tags in, he and Bray combine for a Kiss of DELETION! Cover, Matt & Bray win!

Winners: The Deleters of World (Hardy & Wyatt), Matt pinning

The champions are on a roll as they win their first match back on this mortal plane. Will their Yin-Yang of WOKEN Wisdom continue to rule over all of the Raw Tag Team Division?

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More superstars speak on MITB.

The Queen of Harts vows to solidify her legacy as the Best There Is, the Best There Was, and the Best There Ever Will Be in the Women’s Division. Baron Corbin feels sorry for everyone else in the MITB Match. Not really, but he was Mr. MITB last year, so he wants to repeat.

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat Match: Finn Balor VS Sami Zayn VS Roman Reigns!

It is a golden opportunity for the Extraordinary Man, the Underdog from the Underground and The Big Dog. Finn was the inaugural Universal Champion, Roman claims to be the “uncrowned” Universal Champion, while Sami is still hungry for his first. Who will win tonight to join the #MonsterInTheBank?

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The bell rings and Sami trash talks both Roman and Finn that this match is already his. Roman uppercuts Sami down then pushes him out of the ring, so that he and Finn can be 1v1. They’ve met before, and tie up now, and Roman drives in a knee. Roman headbutts Finn, then whips him, but Finn reverses. Roman sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick Roman back. Finn follows Roman to a corner and throws hands, then whips but Roman reverses now. Roman runs in but misses, Finn swings but Roman connects. Sami returns but Roman gets him, too. The Big Dog stands alone in His Yard while we go to one last break.

Raw returns and Finn drops Roman with a dropkick! Finn gives springboard stomps to the Big Dog, but Sami returns to roll Finn up. TWO, and Sami rocks Finn with a right. Roman rallies with lariats, then shoves Finn to a corner. Roman gives Finn the close-range clotheslines, but has to fight Sami off. He runs and boots Sami in the face, then gives Finn a Samoan Drop. Finn and Sami get out of the ring, but see they have Roman flanked. They decide to work together, and Roman welcomes it. Fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” as Roman finds himself 2v1! Finn and Sami fire off and the fans love it. Finn and Sami hear them chant, and then stomp some more! Roman stands up, but they double clothesline him out!

Sami and Finn keep on Roman against the barriers, and into the crowd! No count outs or disqualifications in a Triple Threat, so they keep up the attack on Roman as they move past the WWE Universe. Roman takes rights and lefts from both men back and forth, but then fights back with rights of his own. Roman punches Sami more, but Finn returns to ram Roman into a wall. He throws Finn off but a HELLUVA KICK esends Roman into the tech area! Finn sees Roman is down, so he climbs up, for COUP DE GRACE!!

That leaves Roman down for good, so Sami sucker punches Finn! Sami drags Finn up and throws him back to ringside. Fans sing for Sami while he puts Finn in the ring. He whips Finn and runs him over again, then covers, TWO. Sami keeps his cool while fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Finn stirs, but Sam is on him with a waistlock. Finn fights out of the suplex with elbows, but Sami reels him in for the Blue Thunder Bomb! TWO, and Sami grows frustrated. Sami stands up and gives Finn straight right hands. Finn stands up and gives some back, and they brawl. Finn chops, Sami forearms, Finn hits the PELE! Both men are down but stirring, with fans rallying for them both.

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Finn stands up first, but Sami follows. Sami throws punches but Finn counters then whips. Sami reverses but Finn runs him over! Finn runs and chops Sami in a corner, then whips corner to corner for another chop. He tries again but Sami reverses, but Finn reverses back for the elbow drop DDT. Cover, TWO! Finn stands up and Sami begs for mercy. Sami tries another sucker punch but Finn hits back, so Sami yanks and throws Finn all the way out of the ring. Finn clutches his leg from that crash landing. Sami slides out and takes aim, but runs into a Slingblade! Finn flexes and fires up, to run into a HELLUVA Kick! Sami keeps on Finn with rights, then stomps, but Roman returns with a leaping tackle!

Roman hammers away on Sami, then throws him into the post. Sami staggers, but Roman takes aim, Drive-By Dropkick! Roman puts Sami in the ring, but Finn blindsides him into the steel steps! Finn hurries up, swing kicks Sami down, then climbs up! He takes aim, but Sami gets under, to then exploder Finn into the buckles! Sami goes to the other end, takes aim, and runs back over, but SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman returns, lets out the howl, but Finn slingblades the Spear down. Blasting dropkick, then Finn climbs up. Finn takes aim, COUP DE– No, Roman dodged, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman is all fired up again, lets out another howl, but Jinder Mahal trips him up! HELLUVA KICK! But blasting dropkick! Finn goes up again, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, FINN WINS!

Winner: Finn by pinfall; qualifies for the Men’s MITB 

The Maharaja screws out The Big Dog, and it’s the Balor Club leader who cashes in! The Extraordinary Man takes one step closer to his golden ticket back to the top. Who else will join him and Braun Strowman in the Men’s 8 Man Ladder Match?

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My Thoughts:

Raw does great in making up for the disappointing Backlash while building for Money in the Bank. Almost all the matches meant something and established new status quos. Strowman continues on a truly monstrous roll, and he loves sending Kevin flying with those shoulder tackles. Corbin & The Revival get even with Jose & Titus Worldwide, and Corbin wants his own chance at MITB, but who knows if he gets that chance. Ember hasn’t been on Raw long, or often, but it’s great that she shoots up to this match already. As with Backlash, it is established that Bayley and Sasha can have their program without the title. Meanwhile, Riott Squad stays in the running with Sarah and Liv available to qualify later.

Mahal gets even with Gable in a good match, but clearly he has targeted Roman. Those two can have their program separate from titles, as well, but most fans probably won’t care, as both Mahal and Roman have been seen as undeserving in their pushes. Roode gets even with Elias, and there’s time for one or both of them to qualify. McIntyre & Ziggler win a filler, but it does keep them looking strong in the tag team division. The same goes for Wyatt & Hardy, and the match-up of Show-Off & Stud VS Deleters of Worlds could be what we see up next. Rollins and Rawley was a great match, Rollins brings the best out of Mojo in this match, and I hope the IC title being the open challenge belt continues.

The main event triple threat was really great, even with Roman in it. Roman can do good work, so long as that’s how he’s directed. Granted, he would’ve won if Mahal hadn’t interfered, so obviously Roman doesn’t “look weak” thanks to that. But another question is why Kevin didn’t interfere on Sami’s behalf, either. I hope they aren’t going to break up already, they’ve barely been back on the friends setting compared to how long they were enemies. But all of this benefits Finn, who gave up the Universal Championship because of injury, and never even got a rematch for it when he returned. This could be a great way for Finn to get the title back, taking advantage of an exhausted Lesnar with the cash-in. Of course, that’s if Finn gets past Strowman, let alone the other six men that will join them.

My Score: 8.5/10

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