The Raw Women’s Champion named her challenger, but both of them have a common enemy to deal with. Can Ronda and Sasha coexist against The Samoan Dynasty?
- Ronda Rousey & Sasha Banks VS Nia Jax & Tamina; Rousey & Banks win.
- Lucha House Party VS The Revival; The Revival wins.
- Six Woman Tag: The Riott Squad VS Bayley, Natalya & ???; Bayley, Natalya & Nikki Cross win.
- Jinder Mahal w/ Samir Singh VS Finn Balor; Finn wins and stays in the #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat: Dean Ambrose VS Seth Rollins VS Bobby Lashey w/ Lio Rush; Lashley wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
- WWE Universal Championship #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: Baron Corbin VS Drew McIntyre VS Finn Balor VS John Cena; Finn wins and will face Brock Lesnar for the title at the Royal Rumble.
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Now arriving in a limousine…
It’s Vincent Kennedy McMahon! The Chairman is here for Raw, but he wants his driver to make sure the limo is perfectly clean. Vince then heads in, what will he have to do and say tonight in Memphis?
BRAUN is here, too!
The Monster Among Men awaits his second chance against The Beast at the Royal Rumble, but he was hoping to get a fight out of Brock Lesnar last week. Strowman tried goading Lesnar into reacting, but Paul Heyman and Lesnar simply brushed off all Strowman’s insults. Memphis chants “Get These Hands!” for Strowman has he picks up a mic. “You know he’ll never admit it, but Brock Lesnar has always been afraid of me.” When Strowman was the Monster in the Bank, Lesnar was constantly looking over his shoulder. When Strowman was about to beat Roman Reigns, Lesnar came down to bust the door of the Cell. And when Strowman was gonna beat Lesnar directly at WWE Crown Jewel, Baron Corbin rigged the match.
“Hey, Beastie Boy, I hope you’re watching this from training camp. Because I’m all healed up.” And Corbin is no longer in power, so there’s no one to save Lesnar now. Lesnar’s biggest fear will come true in Phoenix, because Strowman will get the Universal Championship, and Lesnar will #GetTheseHands! But speaking of Baron Corbin, he comes out on stage. Fans boo as Corbin tells Strowman that he may not run raw anymore– Because he got fired! But as Corbin was– Strowman gets it. “You Got Fired~!” Corbin says fans can chant all they want but they’ll still have to listen to him, even if he has to be out here all night. In fact, if Corbin’s out here for just another five minutes, that’ll be longer than Strowman lasted against Lesnar!
Corbin tells Strowman needs to stop lying. Fans believe in him but all he does is let us down. Strowman can’t win, and he knows it! Corbin will then win the Royal Rumble and go to where Strowman never will: the main event of Wrestlemania! But Strowman rushes Corbin on stage! The chase is on and ends up backstage. Strowman demands to know where Corbin is, and the Singh Brothers can’t decide which way, so he throws them both into catering! Strowman continues his hunt, where will the Monster Among Men find The Lone Wolf? The Drifter appears to sing as the bard of WWE. He knows where Corbin went, saw it with his own two eyes. Now the Monster’s on a chase, there’s something he should know. Corbin’s hiding in that limo. Strowman thanks Elias with a nod and closes in on his target.
Strowman goes right at the limo, and smashes the mirrors off! He drags out the driver and tosses him! The doors are locked, so Strowman demands Corbin get out. Corbin doesn’t, so Strowman finds himself a pipe! And he smashes the windows! Corbin screams as Strowman pulls the door right off!! Corbin escapes the other side and runs away. But then Strowman encounters the limo’s owner, Vince McMahon! McMahon is naturally angry, and perhaps for the first time in his life, Strowman is worried. What will the consequences be of demolishing the Chairman’s car?
Raw returns, and Strowman tries to fix the limousine.
It doesn’t work. McMahon sees this human wrecking ball, a walking danger zone. Look what he did! Strowman will have to pay $100,000. For this piece of crap?! If Strowman wants to raise his voice and be a bad guy, then his title match is off! Strowman is furious, so he decides to take it out on what’s left of the limo! He gets it up and over! But vehicular destruction aside, who will take Strowman’s shot at Lesnar?
Braun Strowman is escorted out of the building.
The Monster is out, and Corbin is laughing it up. Will the Lone Wolf capitalize on this opportunity?
Ronda Rousey & Sasha Banks VS Nia Jax & Tamina!
The Baddest Woman on the Planet challenged The Boss to be her next challenger, but the Irresistible Force wouldn’t let herself be passed up. Banks beat Nia in a #1 Contenders match and now Ronda and Sasha will have that title match. However, to keep the Samoan Dynasty out of their business, the #RowdyBossAlliance has been formed for tonight! Will they be able to coexist and survive to reach the Royal Rumble?
Raw returns as the teams sort out. Sasha starts against Nia as a rematch from last week, but Nia and Tamina talk it over first. Nia circles with Sasha and Nia says she wants Ronda. Fans like the sound of that, but Sasha hits Nia with forearms! Nia shoves Sasha but Sasha comes back to huricanrana Nia to a corner. Sasha runs in for double knees, then does it again. But Nia catches those and puts Sasha up top. Sasha boots back then runs to sunset flip. Nia lifts her up and puts her back in the corner. Sasha dodges to rock Nia with a chop. Sasha goes acrobatic to arm-drag, but Nia blocks! Nia yanks Sasha up but Sasha slips into a sleeper hold! Nia puts Sasha on buckles again, but Sasha hops back on! Sasha is a backpack but Nia tosses her off.
Nia runs in but Sasha dodges. Sasha hits a knee, then climbs up. She boots Nia again to hit a bulldog! Sasha keeps going, shining wizard! Cover, TWO! Sasha tags to Ronda and the Rowdy One kicks away! She throws hands, too, but Nia powers her to the corner. Tamina tags in and Tamina throws headbutts. She rocks Ronda, but Ronda comes back with a takedown into the armbar! Tamina flails and Nia saves her! The Samoan Dynasty regroups as fans boo and jeer. Ronda waits for Tamina, but she and Nia make Ronda wait a little longer as they talk strategy. Tamina finally returns, then ducks back out. Fans boo and jeer but the Samoans simply smile. Tamina slowly returns, but Sasha Meteoras Nia! Sasha saw through their plan, and things continue after the break.
Raw returns as Nia thrashes Sasha about in a bearhug! Fans rally for Sasha as she endures the squeeze. Sasha fights out but Nia pushes her away. Sasha rolls up but into a powerbomb! High stack, TWO! Nia barrels into Sasha with a senton! Cover, TWO! Nia is shocked but keeps on Sasha with a cobra clutch. Fans rally up again and Sasha continues to endure. We go picture in picture as Sasha feeds off the rally. Sasha stands but Nia wrangles her right back down. We return to single picture as Nia leans on Sasha. Sasha stands and jawbreakers out! Sasha runs but into a back elbow! Nia drags Sasha up and over, then tags in Tamina. Tamina stomps a mudhole into Nia, then drags Sasha up again.
Tamina scoops but Sashas slips out to roll up! TWO, and Tamina catches Sasha’s leap! Sasha’s so close but Tamina shoves her away from Ronda. Tamina hits Ronda down, and the ref has to keep Ronda back! Tamina runs into Sasha’s boot! Sasha fights out, goes up and over and Tamina hits Nia! Rolling leg sweep into the crossface! Tamina taps, Sasha and Ronda win!
Winners: Ronda Rousey & Sasha Banks, Sasha by submission
The Boss and the Baddest make it a win as a team, but now they’re back to being opponents. Charli Caruso interviews them in the ring and comments on that teamwork. It’s easy to trust each other when there’s respect. Sasha’s a great superstar, and it will be Ronda’s honor to defend against her. Ronda winning against Sasha will be the best win yet. Sasha heard that comment. Ronda didn’t mean it in a bad way. The way to show her respect is to make her tap out. Tap Sasha out? Again, that’s not how it sounds.
Sasha doesn’t like Ronda thinking she’s the only submission star here. Just ask Nia and Tamina what Sasha did. Sasha is ready to go any time, any where. And she’ll be the one teaching Ronda how to lose with class. Then teach by example, because Ronda’s not about to become the world’s classiest loser. Again, Ronda tries to say it’s not how it sounds, but Sasha won’t let her forget who she called out. Ronda said Sasha’s the best. Sasha isn’t afraid. And Ronda will get used to not having eh way around here, because Sasha’s gonna tap Ronda out and take back that title. #BankOnIt. Sasha leaves, but Ronda wants to apologize. This is meant to be respectful. Sasha isn’t listening, this is her house. But will that be her title again after the Rumble?
Mr. McMahon has a line outside his door.
But coming out of the office is Jerry “The King” Lawler! No Way Jose passes by with his conga line and King is clearly confused. But what is all this business about?
An argument breaks out backstage!
Ronda and Sasha won’t stop, so their friends Bayley and Natalya step in to keep the peace. Natty tells Ronda to just cool off in the locker room while Bayley tells Sasha to go somewhere else. Natty says Sasha needs to learn how to control herself. Bayley takes offense and says it’s Ronda who riled Sasha up. Ronda is the one talking out of both sides of her mouth. Natty says Ronda didn’t do anything, it’s just Sasha being sensitive. Now these two argue!
And the Riott Squad come by to tease everyone for “falling apart”. This isn’t any of their business. Oh sorry, is Bayley upset over Sasha dumping her for the Raw Women’s Championship? Again, this has nothing to do with them. Oh it has everything to do with them. Because they love making bad situations worse. If Bayley and Natty can find themselves another friend, they can have a match. Natty accepts for the both of them, but is that a wise move right now?
Lucha House Party VS The Revival!
The #TopGuys cry conspiracy over the two times they lost in Raw Tag Team Championship matches controversially, but also all those Lucha House Rules matches they were stuck in. Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson say LHP saw the ropebreak last week, but instead of saying anything, they just turned their backs. Tonight, they’ll pay the price for that. Will Dash & Dawson #SayYeah to some of their own personal justice?
The teams sort out, and Lince Dorado is the odd amigo out. Dash starts against Kalisto and circle. They tie up and Dash arm-drags Kalisto fast. Dash mocks the lucha chants, then hugs Dawson. Kalisto and Dash tie up again and Dash powers Kalisto to ropes. Dash arm-drags but Kalisto cartwheels through. Things speed up and Kalisto dropkicks Dash. Kalisto chops and goes acrobatic, for a big arm-drag! Kalisto tags in Metalik and they double whip Dash. They hip toss Dash down, then add the wheelbarrow senton! Cover, TWO! Metalik keeps on Dash and tags Kalisto. Kalisto climbs and hits the elbow. Kalisto wrenches but Dash tags Dawson. Atomic drop dropkick combo! Cover, TWO! Dawson drops leg drops while we check on Mr. McMahon’s office.
Dawson drags Kalisto up to whip and elbow him down while Dasha Fuentes notes that everyone wants that title match with Brock Lesnar. Dasha interviews one hopeful in Apollo Crews. Dawson drags Kalisto to a corner while Apollo says this line is crazy. That’s how important the Universal Championship is! Dawson rocks Kalisto with European Uppercuts and CHOPS. Dawson snap suplexes Kalisto then covers, TWO! Curt Hawkins comes in and says everyone is deserving. But no one brings what he brings to the table: The Streak! “You feel me?” No… Dawson keeps on Kalisto with a chinlock while The Top One Percent is spotted in line! EC3 just grins, because he doesn’t need to say anything more.
Kalisto endures the chinlock as fans rally up, but The B-Team speak to Dasha. The B stands for Brock! Wait, what? So who will face him then? Is that what this is for? Kalisto fights Dawson off with body shots, then slides under. The B-Team is undecided and will get back to Dasha on that. Kalisto kicks Dawson away, hot tag to Dash! Dash stops Kalisto from tagging Metalik while Slater and Rhyno walk up. Slater does NOT want to face Lesnar, he’s got kids. But Rhyno might give it a try. Kalisto kicks Dash away, hot tag to Metalik! Metalik swing kicks Dash then springboards to crossbody! Metalik boots Dawson and slingdogs him! Then he handsprings at Dash to huricanrana! Dawson tag sin but gets a dropkick!
Dash avoids Metalik, and the Revival regroup. They double suplex, but Kalisto saves Metalik. Kalisto rolls Dash for a Listo Kick! Dawson clobbers Kalisto! Metalik runs, springboards and sunset flips! TWO!! Metalik runs and walks the ropes, but Dawson ducks under. Dawson misses, Metalik ducks, but Dawson makes it a DDT! Cover, and Dash denies a ropebreak! The Revival win!
Winners: The Revival, Scott Dawson pinning
Poetic justice or bending the rules in their favor? It doesn’t matter to the #TopGuys, they got a win! Will they continue to “correct” the wrongs against them?
More stars wait outside Mr. McMahon’s office.
Vince comes out and sees Dasha. They want to know the scoop, right? Well he’s going to tell us, in the ring. Who has The Chairman chosen to be the Monster Among Men’s replacement?
Mr. McMahon heads to the ring!
Memphis is happy to see The Chairman in person as he picks up a mic. But before Vince can say anything, JOHN CENA appears! Cena stands across from Vince and tells him we already know what happened. The Universal Championships match is in jeopardy on the Road to Wrestlemania, so Vince wants someone to step up. Cena saves Vince the time and the trouble. When everyone else left Vince high and dry, from Stone Cold to The Rock, and even Brock Lesnar when he said “I’m going to play football”, Vince told the rejects and misfits to step up. Cena came up like a man and said “You give me a chance, I will not let you down.” Vince gave Cena that chance, and Cena didn’t let him down.
And then another chance and another chance. Cena missed birthdays, weddings and funerals for the WWE. That’s not for sympathy, but because he stepped up. So Cena just wants another chance, and promises not to let Vince down. Cena vows to walk in, defeat Lesnar, and become a 17-time world champion!! How does Cena know? Because he has something no one else has: RUTHLESS AGGRESSION! “No, no, no!” Drew McIntyre says this stops right now. How dare Cena do this. McIntyre doesn’t care about the title reigns, about the movie plugs or book deals, but he will not stand for Cena standing here with a straight face and claim that he still has that ruthless aggression. McIntyre will show us real ruthless aggression! Cena’s time is up, and McIntyre’s time is now! So like Stone Cold, just like Rock and just like Lesnar, Cena should just leave.
But Baron Corbin comes out now, and says that his life was threatened by Strowman. He’s not the kind of guy who has a lawyer on speed dial, but if he was, Mr. McMahon and Corbin could come to an agreement. Give him that Universal Championship match! Whoa whoa whoa. Finn Balor doesn’t want to interrupt, but he’s tired of being left out of the conversation. These three can claim a lot of things, but Finn is the only one who was ever Universal Champion. Vince likes the guts, but he’s not big enough for “all this beef.” Finn knows Vince never believed in him. But the fans did! And still do! Finn knows Vince is stubborn, and nothing he says will work. “So how about I show you.” And a fight breaks out! Finn rocks Corbin and McIntyre rocks Cena, but then McIntyre Claymores Finn!
The Scottish Terminator takes aim at Cena again, and hits another Claymore! McIntyre glares at Vince, and Vince likes what he sees! Each one of these men wants the title, so let’s find out who gets it! A Fatal 4 Way #1 Contender’s match! McIntyre stands tall in the scrum, but will he stand tall at the end of the night?
Vince McMahon encounters Jinder Mahal backstage.
The Modern Day Maharaja is honored to be in Vince’s presence. And Mahal is a little offended he wasn’t considered for that contenders match. He was a great WWE world champion, and was a finalist in the Mixed Match Challenge tournament. Plus, the WWE Universe was robbed of Lesnar VS Mahal a couple Survivor Series ago. So Mahal wants at the title? Yes, he wuold’ve been part of that argument if not for Strowman attacking the Singhs! Please, just one shot. Vince says that Mahal can choose one of those other four men. If he beats them, he takes their spot. Mahal accepts, and chooses Finn Balor! Then good luck. Will Mahal be able to rob Finn of his chance to grab his?
Six Woman Tag: The Riott Squad VS Bayley, Natalya & ???
Ruby, Sarah and Liv poked fun at the Huggable One and the Queen of Harts while they were in the middle of arguing about the argument between Sasha and Ronda. They were dared to find a third “friend” to make this match, but who did they find? It’s NIKKI CROSS!! The Loony Lass is on Raw as a free agent, will she make a major impact in her debut?
The teams sort out, and Sarah Logan starts against Bayley. They circle while Nikki runs about on the apron. But then Bayley thinks Nikki should have her turn, and fans like that idea! Tag to Nikki and she goes right at Sarah! Nikki hops on but Sarah throws her off, only for Nikki to dropkick Sarah down. Liv tags in but Nikki throws her around! Nikki grins as she slaps herself, and Ruby tags in. These two revisit their time in NXT together, but the Squad backs her up. Natty and Bayley come in, but Nikki tells them she’s got this, “Let Nikki play~!” Natty and Bayley let her play with the entire Squad! Nikki tackles Ruby and the Squad hurry to get their leader to safety. But then Bayley and Natty wreck Liv and Sarah with dropkicks!
Nikki drags Ruby under the ring! Nikki has Ruby in the apron skirt and hammers away! The wild one is in control, sorta, while we go to break.
Raw returns and Sarah toys with Bayley. Sarah drags Bayley up but Bayley fights back with forearms. Sarah whips but Bayley goes up and crossbodies! Cover, TWO! Sarah catches Bayley to toss her! Sarah runs and cartwheel knee drops! She scrapes Bayley out then goes out to fetch her. Sarah stomps Bayley and throws her back in. Bayley rolls Sarah, TWO! Sarah drags Bayley by her ponytail and tags in Liv. Liv climbs up and Sarah feeds Bayley to the knees and bulldog! Cover, TWO! Liv grins as she stalks Bayley to the ropes. Fans rally as Liv hops on for a sleeper pulling Bayley back. Liv lets up but Ruby gets in a cheap shot. Liv adds her dropkick then high stacks, TWO! The Squad keeps their cool as they toy with Bayley. Liv drags Bayley back but Bayley kicks her. Sarah tags in and stomps Bayley out.
Sarah drags Bayley up in a cobra clutch, but fans rally. Bayley endures and sits up. She fights back but Sarah gives her a backbreaker and toss into buckles. Sarah stomps Bayley then whips her to a corner. Bayley hits buckles hard, and Sarah roars as she runs in. Bayley gives her snake eyes! Sarah grabs Bayley but Bayley evades to hot tag Natty! The Queen of Harts rallies and German Suplexes! Then the discus clothesline! Natty keeps going with a whip, but Sarah wheelbarrows. Natty powers through to facebuster! Cover, but Ruby breaks it! Ruby drags Sarah away but Bayeley knees her down! Liv still tags Sarah, and runs to headscissor Natty! Cover, but Nikki breaks it! Liv swings but Nikki screams at her. Liv turns around into the Sharpshooter! But Liv pushes away, Nikki tags in!
Natty picks Liv up, Nikki climbs, SUPER Hart Attack! Nikki thrashes Liv around, then sees Sarah coming. Nikki gives her a neckbreaker, Natty gives Ruby a German! Ruby and Sarah end up in the same corner, Nikki sandwiches them with a splash! Bulldog for Ruby! Natty whips Nikki back to monkey flip Sarah! Natty adds a basement dropkick, then Nikki DIVES onto Ruby and Liv from the apron! Fans fire up with the frenzied Nikki, but Liv kicks her back. Liv brings Nikki back to the ring, but Nikki blocks the kick. Liv goes Matrix to dodge Nikki’s clothesline, then rolls Nikki up! TWO, and Nikki tags Bayley. Nikki gives Liv a draping neckbreaker! Bayley climbs, Nikki positions Liv, Macho Elbow! Cover, Bayley and team wins!
Winner: Bayley, Natalya and Nikki Cross, Bayley pinning
The crazy Cross makes a successful Raw debut! Will Nikki stay red or go to SmackDown blue tomorrow? And what of the issues between Bayley, Natty and each of their best friends?
Dean Ambrose speaks.
“Right versus wrong.” Right: Ambrose, all the time about everything. Wrong: a Triple Threat match for the title! Wrong: Seth Rollins is one of those two men! Also wrong: Bobby Lashley being the other! And the most wrong: defending it here in Memphis. But the odds could be 50-50 or 33 and one third chance, Ambrose will still win because no one is taking his title. Right or wrong, will the “Moral Compass” still be champion?
Finn Balor heads to gorilla.
Who is that talking to Mickie James and Dana Brooke? Why it’s the Lady of NXT, Lacey Evans! The Model Soldier talks her fabulous wardrobe, but when will she bring her ring gear to Raw and SmackDown?
Jinder Mahal w/ Samir Singh VS Finn Balor!
The Modern Day Maharaja is down a Singh after what Braun Strowman did, but he will soldier on in his attempts to become champion. He wants to remove the Extraordinary Man from tonight’s Fatal 4 Way, but will that be easier said than done?
Raw returns as Finn makes his entrance, but he doesn’t get to finish it! Samir Singh anchors Finn’s foot on the top rope, and Mahal blasts Finn off it! Mahal goes after Finn on the outside as fans boo and jeer. Mahal throws Finn into the apron again and again, then into the barriers! The referee tells Mahal to back off, but Mahal says he’s going to the Rumble to face Brock. Mahal throws Finn into more barriers, then back into the apron. He puts Finn in the ring, and tells the ref to ring the bell. The ref checks on Finn first, and Finn wants this match to happen, too. The bell rings, Mahal runs in, and boots Finn down! Cover, TWO! Mahal is furious this match isn’t over already, but he drags Finn back up for haymakers. He adds clubbing crossfaces, then puts on a chinlock.
Finn endures as fans rally for him. He fights his way up but Mahal wrangles him back down. Mahal and Samir trash talk but Finn fights his way up again. Finn fights but Mahal knees low. Mahal whips but Finn reverses. Mahal sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick! Finn grits his teeth while Mahal rolls away. He fetches Mahal but Mahal back suplexes him up! Finn fights out and swing kicks Mahal! Mahal falls to the floor and Finn aims from the apron. Finn kicks but Mahal blocks it to sweep the legs! The Maharaja has the odds in his favor while we go to break.
Raw returns as Mahal drops knees at the ropes! Mahal stops to grind his knee into Finn’s face, then backs off at 4. Finn gasps and sputters while Mahal uses Shanti to keep focus. Mahal stomps Finn then drags him up. He whips Finn corner to corner and Finn hits buckles hard. The ref checks on Finn but Finn refuses to quick. Mahal drives elbows into Finn’s forehead, then pulls him back in a partial camel clutch. Finn endures as Mahal shifts to a half nelson. Fans rally again and Finn fights his way up. Mahal lifts for a big back suplex but Finn makes it a crossbody! TWO, and Mahal gets the chinlock again. Finn endures all over again, but fans rally up again. Finn jawbreakers free, and then throws hands! Mahal shoves and they collide, PELE! Both men are down and fans rally up!
Samir coaches Mahal up as both he and Finn stand. Mahal runs but into Finn’s feet. Finn hits a big forearm smash! Finn whips but Mahal reverses, only for Finn to hit another forearm. He trips Mahal up and hits the double stomps! Fans fire up with Finn as he aims from the corner. Finn runs but Mahal denies the slingblade. Finn sees Samir get up so he dropkicks him down! Mahal kicks Finn but Finn back drops him out of the ring! Finn builds speed to FLY! Direct hit hit on Mahal and Samir! Finn flexes and roars as he puts Mahal back up and in. Fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” as Finn hits the slingblade! And the blasting dropkick! Mahal’s down while Finn climbs up, COP DE GRACE!! Cover, Finn wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall; stays in the #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way
The Extraordinary Man was truly extraordinary to survive this match! But he’s still banged up going into tonight’s match with Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre and John Cena. Will Finn be able to be even greater than extraordinary and punch his ticket to Phoenix?
Lio Rush speaks.
“In order to step up, you need to be willing to step on others.” Both he and Bobby Lashley understand that. They’ve suffered that, but now they’ll make others suffer. That includes Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. Lashley is the man Raw needs as champion, because Lashley is a fighter. Lashley will become Intercontinental Champion whether fans like it or not. Ambrose and Rollins better come correct or not at all, because Lashley is here to dominate and collect. That triple threat for that title, is next!
WWE Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat: Dean Ambrose VS Seth Rollins VS Bobby Lashey w/ Lio Rush!
The Lunatic Fringe doesn’t like anything about this Triple Threat match, but he doesn’t have much of a choice. Will he be able to settle things with The Architect while also denying the Rocky Mountain Machine? Or will one of them end his reign to bring that title down the Road to Wrestlemania?
Raw returns as Lashley makes his entrance with Lio. Rollins has a quick backstage interview. Is this his last chance to win back the title? Maybe it is, but that’s life. You need to make the best out of opportunities, and Rollins vows to do that when he kicks Ambrose’s teeth down his throat. Rollins is still hurting from Ambrose’s horrifying betrayal on the night of Roman Reigns’ life altering announcement. Ambrose betrayed six years of friendship, and Rollins cannot forgive him. As for Lashley, he’s impressive and intimidating, but all that only gets you so far. What matters is what you do, and no one on this planet does what Rollins does. If this is his last chance, then Rollins will lay it all on the line to take that title back. Rollins makes his entrance, and Memphis is ready to #BurnItDown!
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! The fans are on Rollins’ side as the three men circle. Ambrose tells Rollins that they can still work together against Lashley. Rollins seems to accept, but then he throws Ambrose at Lashley! Rollins didn’t fall for anything, and got Ambrose first! Lashley throws Ambrose out but Rollins throws hands and chops. Rollins whips but Lashley reverses, and things speed up. Rollins dropkicks Lashley out of the ring, then slingshots out! He takes Lashley out but Ambrose comes around. Rollins senses him coming and hits Ambrose first. Rollins puts Ambrose in, shoulder shim away, then leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Lashley runs in but Rollins throws hands. Ambrose hits Rollins then grounds ‘n’ pounds. Lashley throws Ambrose off to rain down on Rollins.
Ambrose talks with Lashley, and now he talks an alliance between them. Lashley goes with it and puts Rollins in the corner hard. Ambrose throws haymakers then lets Lashley pick Rollins up. Lashley suplexes and floats over, ONE! Ambrose tells Lashley to take it slower, and they work together to mug Rollins. Lashley drags Rollins up for a neck wrench, then helps Ambrose mug Rollins again. Rollins gets to the apron but Ambrose drags him back in. Ambrose chokes Rollins on the ropes with Lashley’s help. Lashley holds Rollins for Ambrose to hit a forearm smash in the corner. Fans rally for Rollins while booing Lashley and Ambrose. Lashley puts Rollins in the corner to run and ram a shoulder in! Ambrose keeps on Rollins, then whips Lashley in. Rollins dodges and then rallies on both enemies! Rollins runs, but into a BIG spinebuster!
Ambrose shoves Lashley out and covers Rollins, but Rollins small packages! TWO, and Rollins clotheslines Ambrose out! Then he DIVES on both opponents! Rollins keeps going, but Lio Rush gets in! Rollins stops the kick to flip Lio. Lio dodges and the chase is on! Rollins runs into another spinebuster! Lashley catches Ambrose and throws him overhead! The former Shield brothers are down while we go to break.
Raw returns and Lashley has Rollins in a chinlock. Fans rally as Rollins endures. Ambrose returns but Lashley throws Rollins down to go after him. Ambrose gets away, and Lashley runs into Rollins’ boot. Lashley staggers into Ambrose’s clothesline! The former brothers use a familiar string of moves as Ambrose hits the sliding lariat and Rollins drops a knee! Ambrose drops the elbow, and even as enemies, they’re still in sync. They stomp away on Lashley a la The Shield! Rollins and Ambrose clothesline Lashley out of the ring, but they keep on him. They go to the steel steps and pull off the top. They aim at Lashley, and ram him with the steel! Lashley is down and Rollins returns to the ring. Ambrose and Rollins stare down, and the fight is own!
Rollins chops, Ambrose chops, repeat! Rollins gets an edge but Ambrose knees low. Ambrose runs but into Lashley’s roaring elbow! Rollins lifts Ambrose but Ambrose back drops out. Rollins sunset flips, TWO! Ambrose has the suplex, but Rollins reverses to a Falcon Arrow! Cover, but Lio breaks it on Lashley’s behalf! It’s legal because of No Disqualifications, but now Lio regrets getting everyone’s attention. The chase is on, again! Lio gets Rollins on the return, but Rollins grabs Lio. Ambrose runs in but only gets Lio! Rollins rolls Ambrose, TWO, SUPERKICK! Lashley clotheslines Rollins out! Cover on Ambrose, TWO!! Lashley is furious, but he refocuses from a corner. He aims at Ambrose, runs out, but into a kick! And an eye poke! Ambrose underhooks but Rollins springboards in!
Rollins goes after Lashley with the enziguri! Then he climbs up top. Frog Splash! But Ambrose throws Rollins out! Cover on Lashley, TWO!! Ambrose can’t believe it, but he’s not finished yet. Memphis admits “This is Awesome!” as Ambrose climbs up top. Ambrose aims but Rollins leaps up to join him! Lashley stands up and grabs Rollins! Electric chair leads to an unlikely Doomsday Device! But Rollins lands on his hands and knees to spring up and SUPERKICK Lashley! Mule kick for Ambrose, but Lio dumps Rollins out! SPEAR from Lashley to Ambrose! Cover, Lashley wins!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall; NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion
The Almighty Fighter finally has this title on his record! Lio helps Lashley celebrate, but he does share part in this victory. Will the Rocky Mountain Machine dominate even more as we roll down the Road to Wrestlemania?
Alexa Bliss’ assistant brings her her latte.
But she doesn’t respond right away, so he enters the dressing room. To find Alexa’s in the middle of changing!! She didn’t hear him at the door, and tells him to put the coffee on the table. He explains she’s up next then hurries out of the room. The second Moment of Bliss is up next, but will The Goddess be able to compose herself?
It’s time for a Moment of Bliss!
The Goddess welcomes Memphis to the second episode ever. And this past Christmas, Vince McMahon announced the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. But he didn’t tell us when and where. Bliss promises the inside information: Five weeks in Houston Texas, three teams from each brand, will compete in a Tag team Elimination Chamber Match! The surviving team will walk out the inaugural Women’s Tag Team Champions! And Alexa reveals the belts! Exciting, right? But that’s what Moment of Bliss does: make history!
Now to business. Welcome the special guest, the greatest manager in WWE history, who now introduces himself. “Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman.” And yes, please welcome him, he’s very welcome in Memphis. Heyman congratulates Bliss on interviewing the Advocate for the “reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar.” Give him your best shots. Bliss says it’s a wild night. Bobby Lashley is the new Intercontinental Champion. And Heyman was to talk Lesnar VS Strowman, but Strowman’s out. Lesnar defends against a new contender. With all this chaos, what are Heyman’s emotions? Emotions play no part, but it’s strategy that “practically guarantees” that the Universal Champion will still be Brock Lesnar.
The four challengers could line up and be defeated individually or all at once. But why clear out the entire Heavyweight Division at once? There can only be one, but who will that one be? Will it be the great John Cena? Heyman must remind everyone that “The Foundation of Suplex City” was built on Mr. Hustle, Loyalty & Respect. Will it be the ruthless Drew McIntyre? Heyman would be a liar if he didn’t admit he’s had his eye on McIntyre since his return. We all should be watching McIntyre! That man is almost guaranteed to be a future Universal Champion, just not now. Or what about the conniving Baron Corbin? Heyman knows Corbin isn’t that popular right now, but admit it, he was almost permanent GM but-
Wait, who is that making his way out on stage? It’s Otis Dozovic of Heavy Machinery! “Hashaaa!” The Dozer is ready, but what is he doing here now? “Boom shaka loo, yeah~!” Otis, no, this is not a Moment of Dozer. But Dozer says he and Tucker are COMIN~! Tucker Knight comes out to fetch his overenthusiastic friend away form the “pretty lady”, this is not their time to debut, either. But anyway, that ends the Moment of Bliss. And now it’s time to see who exactly faces Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble! The main event is after the break!
WWE Universal Championship #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: Baron Corbin VS Drew McIntyre VS Finn Balor VS John Cena!
The Lone Wolf, the Scottish Terminator, the Extraordinary Man and the Franchise Player all want their shot at the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion, but must prove themselves strong enough to make it through this match! Finn was roughed up by Jinder Mahal both before and during their “qualifying” match earlier tonight, but he still manages a smile as he enters. Will he be a factor in this match? Or will he fall to “all this beef”?
The bell rings and Corbin goes right at Finn! McIntyre goes at Cena and throws him out while Corbin puts Finn in a corner. Finn dodges and slips to the apron to kick Corbin back. Corbin’s down, Finn climbs, but Corbin grabs him first. Corbin brings Finn down for the choke slam backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Cena and McIntyre return, and Cena finds himself between a Terminator and a Lone Wolf while we go to break.
Raw returns and Cena throws hands with Corbin. Corbin knees low then runs in, but gets nothing but post! Corbin falls out of the ring but McIntyre returns to stalk Cena. McIntyre drags Cena up to throw at Finn, but Finn dodges. Cena hits the floor while Finn slingshots and sunset flips McIntyre. TWO, and McIntyre runs, but Finn throws him out. Finn wrecks McIntyre with a dropkick, but Corbin blasts Finn off the apron! Corbin runs but into Cena’s feet. Cena leaps for a tornado DDT! Cover, McIntyre breaks it! McIntyre grounds ‘n’ pounds Cena with heavy rights. McIntyre says “You Can’t Bloody See Me!” and laughs. He runs but Cena dodges to hit the shoulder tackles! Cena hits the spin-out bomb, then tells McIntyre “You Can’t See Me!” Five Knuckle Shuffle hits! Cena lifts McIntyre, Attitude Adjustment! Cover, but Corbin breaks it!
Everyone is down, but Corbin and Cena are in the ring. Corbin clubs away on Cena with shots to the lower back. But Cena goes to lift! Corbin slips out and suplexes back, but Finn comes in to help Cena double suplex Corbin! Cena decides to work with Finn to mug Corbin in a corner. They haul Corbin up top, then climb up together. They want to superplex but McIntyre comes in to add on, DOUBLE Super Powerbomb! Corbin drags McIntyre up but McIntyre hits back. McIntyre climbs now, but Corbin trips him up! Corbin throws hands and McIntyre is in the Tree of Woe! But McIntyre sits up to throw Corbin off! McIntyre takes aim, but we go to break!!
Raw returns one more time, and Finn is in the ring. He builds speed but runs into End of Days! Cover, but McIntyre breaks it! Corbin and McIntyre stare down, and the brawl is on! McIntyre shoves Corbin, Corbin slides out then in, but into the Glasgow Kiss! Cena climbs up top and leaps! But into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! McIntyre can’t believe it! All four men are down from exhaustion but “This is Awesome!” Cena and McIntyre stir, then Corbin and Finn follow. McIntyre and Corbin crawl with Cena and Finn. Corbin stomps away on Finn while McIntyre stomps Cena down. Fans boo and jeer as McIntyre stomps Cena’s hands. Corbin drags Finn up for haymakers, then McIntyre does the same. But Cena and Finn fight back! They go back and forth and pick up speed. McIntyre runs but is dumped out, Finn slingblades Corbin!
Cena lifts Finn, but Finn slips out. Finn boots Cena down then climbs up! But Cena stops Finn with fists! Cena climbs up to join Finn, and fireman’s carry. Finn fights back, but Cena keeps going. Cena hits a SUPER AA!! But Corbin throws Cena out to cover Finn! TWO!! Fans rally for Finn while Corbin is frustrated. Corbin gets up and goes outside to fetch a chair. This is No Disqualifications, after all. Corbin jabs and SMACKS Cena! He SMACKS McIntyre, then jabs him while he’s down. Corbin goes back to Finn in the ring, and grins as he looms over Finn. Corbin waits for Finn to sit up, before he SMACKS Finn back down! And SMACKS him again! Cover, but Cena breaks it!
Cena goes after Corbin but Corbin punches back. Corbin picks up the chair again, aiming for Cena. Cena dodges, lifts, AA!! CLAYMORE fro M McIntyre! Finn runs, tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cena’s down, Finn climbs! COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, FINN WINS!!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall; will face Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble for the Universal Championship
Extraordinary is now an understatement! Finn Balor wins two matches in one night, and now has new life in the title hunt! Cena tells Finn that you fight to earn respect. Vince didn’t believe in Finn, but Finn said the fans did. “For what it’s worth, you’ve got one more person that believes in you.” Cena hopes Finn gives Lesnar Hell at the Rumble, and then raises his hand in victory. Will the endorsement of an all-time great give Finn the momentum to be greater than extraordinary against The Beast?
What an interesting episode for Raw. Vince arrives but mostly to shake up the hyped up Lesnar VS Strowman rematch. We’re not getting that match any more, but I hope that means Strowman can enter the Royal Rumble match and earn his opportunity that way. Sasha & Rousey VS Nia & Tamina was a decent tag team match, and we should’ve expected Ronda and Sasha to start losing that friendly attitude. All of Ronda’s friendly rivalries, outside of Natty’s, turns sour so this is just natural. And it continues to plug the possibilities that Ronda will finish up with the NXT Four Horsewomen and go into Horsewomen VS Horsewomen.
I wasn’t surprised to see Bayley and Natty arguing, that’s natural progression, too. I wasn’t surprised to see The Riott Squad to get at them. But I was surprised to see the third partner wasn’t Ember Moon! Nikki Cross makes her Raw in-ring debut and it was great! She got a much better Raw appearance than Lacey Evans and her cameo, or EC3 in that backstage segment. For that matter, that backstage segment was wasted being picture-in-picture with The Revival VS Lucha House Party. While it was hard to pay attention to that tag match, it was clear Dash, Dawson, Kalisto and Metalik were doing well. Revival wins by cheating, but that’s fine, they’re the Heels. I’m thinking they’ll cheat their way back to the tag titles, and maybe even cheat to finally win them, which will actually be great for them anyway.
But then, things got really good with the latter half of the show. The Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat was great, and I’m actually happy to see Lashley gets the title. Rollins and Ambrose never really needed that title for their feud, so it’s good to get it out of the way. Lashley can take that title with him against all sorts of Faces. Lashley VS Apollo or Lashley VS EC3 would be a lot of fun. Moment of Bliss was great with Heyman’s promos and the reveal of those amazing looking Women’s Tag Titles. Heavy Machinery’s cameo was pretty funny, too. The Women’s Tag Elimination Chamber match will be great, and I think we can all predict Sasha losing at the Rumble to fall back to this match with Bayley. And given that, they might not even win, and it’ll be The IIconics or Riott Squad winning instead.
Then the story of Strowman’s replacement was pretty well done. McIntyre stands tall after that brawl, but clearly Cena VS McIntyre is the story coming out of this. Mahal VS Finn was good, because of Finn toughing it out to win. And then I was shocked but excited to see Finn wins it all! Cena giving him props is also great, and brings Cena kinda full circle in his career from when he got the nod from American Badass Undertaker. I have no idea if Finn wins at Royal Rumble, but he better show up as Demon Balor to make a strong showing plausible. And if Finn does somehow win, I feel like Chase Field will explode, the internet will be broken, and I myself might truly, truly mark out. The Fresh Start is not real until Lesnar loses that title, and the sooner the better.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report (5/20/19)
Witness the Money in the Bank Fallout!
It’s the Raw after Money in the Bank!
And the Beast has the briefcase! Will he choose to strike tonight? Or wait until Seth Rollins is unable to fight? Plus, Becky Two Belts is now just Becky One Belt! Will the Raw Women’s Champion respond to the Sassy Southern screw job?
- Sami Zayn VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins.
- Ricochet VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
- The Usos VS The Revival; The Revival wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Becky Lynch, Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss VS Lacey Evans & The IIconics; Lynch, Cross & Bliss win.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Scramble: Titus O’Neil wins and becomes the inaugural WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Change: Robert Roode wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- The Miz VS Drew McIntyre w/ Shane McMahon; McIntyre wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Change: R-Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Seth Rollins & Kofi Kingston VS Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin; changed to…
- No Disqualifications Tag: Seth Rollins & Kofi Kingston VS Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin; Rollins & Kingston win.
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Brock Lesnar returns to Raw!
The Advocate is alongside the #BeastintheBank as he rubs his shocking victory in the faces of the WWE Universe! Lesnar and Heyman go into the ring as he holds up the briefcase high above his head. The only reason Lesnar was even able to be in the Men’s MITB Ladder Match is because someone took out Sami Zayn before the show. And Lesnar, much in the fashion of the MITB contract itself, decided to appear when no one else could stop him.
“Ladies and gentlemen,” Paul Heyman introduces himself and explains that his money is on The Beast, “the purveyor of paranoia, BROCK! LESNAR!” And paranoia should be around because of all the conspiracy theories going on. And they’ve heard them all: this was hatched the moment Braun Strowman stuck Sami Zayn on that wall; that Lesnar was able to sneak into the arena through a back door. How can you sneak a Beast into the room? Maybe Sami was lured into a dark hallway and then someone with political pull in the WWE got Brock to be the eighth man. That’s far too much credit for them. Just blame Lesnar for JFK why don’t you!
But this is how it goes: the world and universal champions need to be very paranoid. Wherever Seth Rollins or Kofi Kingston go, they’re both vulnerable to the “greatest assassin” in the WWE, who literally has a contract out on their reigns. Heyman imagines Rollins being afraid to show up in the ring or on TV, because Lesnar might strike. As Heyman’s daddy once taught him, “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean the world isn’t out to get you.” But it won’t be the world coming for those titles, it’ll be Lesnar! Because Lesnar has a contract that guarantees you HAVE to defend that title when Lesnar demands you defend that title! But speaking of the champs, here comes Seth Rollins!
The Architect is still WWE Universal Champion after a truly phenomenal match with AJ Styles, and he stands in the ring with Mr. Beast in the Bank. Rollins picks up a mic and says he’d be in a great mood after being in the fight of his life, and won. He would be, but he’s not, because he has to come out and “see this.” Lesnar with the MITB contract. Rollins cuts to the chase: he’s here being a champion that inspires people, and that Lesnar never had the guts to be! But he can’t do that with Lesnar hanging that contract over his head. Rollins makes a proposition: he beat Lesnar at Mania, and he’ll beat him again, but he doesn’t want to wait. Lesnar should cash that contract in tonight! Fans definitely want to see that!
Heyman says no to this, because it’s Rollins who has to play Lesnar’s game. This is Lesnar’s game of “antici…pation.” Which means Rollins has to wait until Lesnar feels like cashing in. Rollins should be used to waiting. Like waiting seven hours to watch his girlfriend main event when Rollins wants to be The Man. Rollins does NOT take kindly to that, and starts shoving Lesnar to egg him on. Heyman keeps Lesnar back, and says Rollins might not even be worthy of being Lesnar’s target. Lesnar might not even cash in on Rollins. Maybe Lesnar wants a new challenge. Or maybe a New Day! Maybe it’ll be Lesnar VS Kofi Kingston! Well ask and you shall receive! The Wild Card Rule brings Kofi to Raw!
Kofimania returns as Kofi stands with Rollins and Lesnar. He doesn’t mean to steal Rollins’ thunder, but he is trying to establish his legacy as WWE World Champion. He wants to be remembered as one of the best of all time! And Kofi can’t do that without beating the best night after night, the title on the line against the best! “So Brock, congratulations on becoming Mr. Money in the Bank.” But if he’s gonna cash in tonight, Kofi wants it to be him. Heyman just realizes something: Universal Champion, World Champion, and they’re both auditioning to have a match against “the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Universal Champion of the Box Office”! Mr. MITB didn’t need to go to them, they came here to him.
Heyman has an inside scoop that Rollins and Kofi aren’t done for the evening. And with both of them out here, Lesnar and his contract isn’t going anywhere. “Stay tuned, the Beast is yet to come.” What matches are Rollins and Kofi in? Will they be able to win and be ready for a possible cash-in?
Someone arrives in the arena.
It’s Mick Foley! Foley returns to Raw to unveil the newest WWE championship! He says hello to superstars left and right, but what kind of title is he bringing?
Sami Zayn talks with Bobby Lashley.
Sami’s freaking out because he got attacked at MITB and is up against Braun Strowman tonight! Now these two haven’t always gotten along, but maybe they can help each other. Strowman and Lashley have a match at WWE Super Showdown, so why not help Sami soften Strowman up? No, Lashley’s not going to help Sami. He’s going to let Sami help him. Good luck out there!
Kofi and Seth talk backstage.
Rollins appreciates the help out there but Kofi doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into. Oh Kofi gets it, he’s cementing his legacy. But what is this about having action tonight? HHH appears! He was going to explain but they both ran out there. They’ll be teaming up in the main event against Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin. Well at least they’ll have strength in numbers. But will the Rocky Mountain Machine & Lone Wolf end up doing Brock’s dirty work?
Sami Zayn VS Braun Strowman!
The Underdog from the Underground and critic of the critics does not want this rematch with Strowman. He screwed the Monster Among Men out of the MITB ladder match, and then may or may not have been attacked by Strowman last night. Either way, is Strowman about to get revenge on Sami for the Falls Count Anywhere screw job?
Raw returns as Strowman makes his entrance and Sami starts running! Strowman gives chase through the crowd! This is a flashback to when Strowman chased Sami backstage before MITB! Strowman encounters Bobby Lashley. And Sami sucker punches Strowman! Sami tries to whip but Strowman just shoves Sami into trunks! Sami crawls away but Strowman stares down with Lashley. “I’ll deal with you later.” Strowman chases after Sami! And clubs him down into trunks! They end up back by gorilla position as Strowman punches Sami down. Strowman shoves and stalks Sami onto stage! Then carries him on his shoulders.
Sami can’t escape as Strowman carries him all the way to the ring! But then Sami slips out to shove Strowman into a post! And another post! Sami shoves Strowman but Strowman stops himself to shove Sami into barriers! He puts Sami in the ring then takes aim from a corner. Sami dodges and Strowman goes into a post! The bell finally rings, and Sami runs corner to corner, into a lariat! Strowman drags Sami up and tosses him back out of the ring. Strowman starts building up speed, and he runs Sami right over! He puts Sami in the ring again, scoops him, and gives him the Monster Slam! Cover, Strowman wins!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall
The Monster has his revenge, but now he’ll have a bigger fight in Saudi Arabia! Will Bobby Lashley #GetTheseHands?
Raw holds an in-ring interview with Lars Sullivan.
The Leviathan is a SmackDown superstar, but the Wild Card Rule allows him to walk out to the ring. Charly notes Lars’ “unparalleled” path of destruction, and Raw gives us a highlight reel. Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio, R-Truth and both Hardy Boys on multiple occasions, and even the Lucha House Party just last night. Fans boo but Lars laughs. What are Lars’ goals on the main roster? Before he can answer, the Lucha House Party appears for revenge! Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik flank the ring, and they hit first! A knee and double missile dropkicks! Metalik and Lince club away but Lars throws them into each other. Kalisto missile dropkicks now, then TRIPLE dropkicks send Lars out!
Fans rally for the Lucha House Party, but Lars gets angry. Kalisto slingshots but is caught and slammed on the apron! But a double DIVE hits! Lars still explodes out and lariats Lince! Lars puts Lince in, then shoulders Metalik over. He dares them to keep trying, then turns his attention back to Lince. Lince fights but still gets a FREAK ACCIDENT! Lars isn’t done, he drags Lince up in a corner. But Kalisto and Metalik save Lince from the Leviathan Bomb! Lucha House Party survives, for now. But will it take more than three luchadores to defeat a Freak?
Ricochet VS Cesaro!
The One and Only wasn’t the only one surprised and screwed over by Beast at Money in the Bank, but he’s not going to be the one to let that slow him down. He takes on the Swiss Cyborg in a match that is sure to be fast and furious!
Raw returns and shares why this match came about. After the Men’s MITB ladder match, and all the destruction Ricochet and the other six superstars not named Brock Lesnar put themselves through, he was obviously sore walking into tonight. Cesaro felt the need to add insult to injury by claiming Ricochet is just like the rest of the “bubble wrap” generation, and Ricochet took offense. Ricochet’s not going to take the night off, but will he regret not resting up?
Cesaro finally makes his entrance, with a brand new song. He enters the ring and we finally begin this match!
Ricochet rushes Cesaro but gets tossed to a corner! Cesaro walks into haymakers but knees low. He whips Ricochet and tosses him with a HIGH back drop! Ricochet hits hard on his bad back and rolls out of the ring in pain. Cesaro shows no mercy as he drags Ricochet up for a scoop. Ricochet slips out to send Cesaro into a post! Ricochet runs back in but is put on the apron. He keeps moving to moonsault onto Cesaro! With his bad back, that’s double-edged for Ricochet, but he doesn’t let that stop him. Ricochet gets back in and slingshots back out, only to get caught and tossed back on the apron! The Swiss Cyborg shows no mercy while we go to break!
Raw returns again as Cesaro has Ricochet in a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow lock. Ricochet endures being bent back, but fans rally up. Ricochet fights his way up and out then jawbreakers Cesaro back! Cesaro still goes after Ricochet but gets haymakers for it. He whips Ricochet and pops Ricochet up, but Ricochet back flips off him! Ricochet runs, tilt-o-whirls twice, then headscissors Cesaro out! Fans fire up as Ricochet builds speed to FLY! He wipes Cesaro out! But Cesaro hurries away, forcing Ricochet to follow after. Ricochet puts Cesaro in the ring while fans say “This is Awesome!” Ricochet climbs, leaps, but into a European Uppercut! Cesaro drags Ricochet up into a torture rack to go after that back! Then gives him a backbreaker drop! And the Gotch Neutralizer! Cover, Cesaro wins!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
Lesson learned: go after someone when they’re less than 100%! Ricochet’s back held him back, but can he bounce back on the road to WWE Stomping Grounds?
Raw backstage interview with AJ Styles!
The Phenomenal One was so close to beating Seth Rollins in an instant classic. But where does Styles go from here? “Back to Square One.” But Styles likes that, working hard is what he does. Styles knows he can beat Seth Rollins, just not last night. It was a loss, fair and square, and there’s no shame in that. It’s why Rollins is Universal Champion. But Baron Corbin has to come over and mock him. Is Styles telling that same tired story of getting bigger, stronger and faster to do it next time? Please. Styles lost! Yes, says the failure of a Mr. Money in the Bank and Raw General Manager.
That’s all the past. Corbin pinned Rollins on Raw, so it was a slap in the face that Styles got his chance first. No, it wasn’t. THIS is a slap in the face! Because Styles actually slaps him! Corbin promises Styles will pay, but where and when?
Kofi talks with Mick Foley backstage.
The WWE World Champion is very curious about this new WWE title, and Mick gives him a tiny peek. What is in the bag?!
Roman Reigns returns to Raw, again!
The Big Dog loves using the Wild Card Rule! Though, he should since he’s part of why Vince McMahon felt the need to make it. But what will Roman do with this week’s use of the rule? Find out after the break!
Raw returns and Roman has a mic. But before he can say a word, Shane McMahon appears! Shane O’Mac survived a Steel Cage match with The Miz at Money in the Bank, but now he’s back to annoy Roman. “Roman Reigns, using the Wild Card Rule. The Big Dog in the Yard, right?” Well the Yard is only so big compared to being Best in the World. And Shane proved so last night in that brutal match. Shane walked out with hands held high in victory. And Shane is officially done with The Miz. Now Shane’s focus will be fully on Roman. He can’t get it out of his head what Roman did to Vince McMahon, Shane’s father and “the WWE personified.” Roman cowardly hitting Vince down, what kind of man does that? Fans say “YOU! YOU!”
Roman doesn’t know about the fans, but he hates spoiled rich kids. Shane said a bunch of crap, but the only thing Roman heard was Shane’s done with Miz. Perfect timing, because Roman’s done with Elias. No, Roman thinks that, but Elias isn’t done with Roman. One fluke victory doesn’t prove anything. Again, Shane’s one to talk. But if Elias isn’t here and Shane has business, let’s squash it in the ring tonight! Wow, how brave, Roman, to issue a challenge after Shane got all beat up even in winning. But Shane does ask the fans if they want to see “The Best in the World” VS “The Big Dog”. They do! Shane takes off his jacket, tosses it aside, and says it’s not happening. Shane does what all “spoiled rich kids” do: controlling his own destiny. He’s the boss, and he has control around here. Let him demonstrate.
Drew McIntyre appears! The Scottish Terminator is again willing to help Shane while going after Roman. He and Roman stare down as Shane considers that challenge again. Still not happening tonight. But he accepts it for Super Showdown. The last thing Roman will hear, “Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of this match, and the Best in the World, Shane McMahon!” Roman tells the spoiled rich kid that he’ll soon be saying what a lot of people have been saying around here: “I just got my ass kicked by Roman Reigns.” Believe that. But Super Showdown aside, will Roman and McIntyre add another chapter to their rivalry later tonight?
Shane walks with McIntyre.
They feel good about that stare down and trash talk with Roman Reigns. But they’re quickly interviewed about the implication that Shane wont’ be alone in Super Showdown. There’s no implication. What happened was- The Miz is here as another Wild Card! They’re not done. McIntyre stands between them. Shane doesn’t think, he knows he’s done. And if Miz has problems, then he’s got problems with McIntyre. Now Shane has others fighting his battles? Fine. Miz will get McIntyre out of the way, and go back after Shane. Will the A-Lister get through the Terminator to give us that trilogy?
The Usos VS The Revival!
Jimmy & Jey give a quick hey to their cousin, Roman, as they make their way out. They put the SmackDown Tag Team Champions on #LockDown at MITB, but they keep moving right into settling things with Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson! Will the #TopGuys get revenge for the pranks? Or will they be put in the Uso Penitentiary?
Raw returns as Dash & Dawson make their entrance. The teams sort out, and Dash just attacks Jimmy! Dash drags Jimmy over to the Revival’s corner to stomp away! Dash tags in then climbs up top! They give Jimmy the backbreaker leg drop! Cover, TWO! The referee backs Dawson off so everyone can take jackets off but Dawson throws Jimmy out of the ring. Jey runs in but Dash runs Jimmy over! The ref keeps Jey back and Dash tags in. The Revival both go after Jimmy to throw him into a barrier! Fans cheer the Usos on but Dash dares Jimmy to laugh now. He puts Jimmy in and then haymakers him to the corner. Dash throws uppercuts then tags Dawson. The Revival work together for the assisted suplex! Cover, TWO!
Dawson taunts Jey then drags Jimmy back up. He puts Jimmy in a chinlock and drives an elbow into Jimmy’s face. Dawson CHOPS Jimmy then stands him up. Jimmy hits back and fights out! Jimmy whips but Dawson reverses, only for Jimmy to dodge. Jey tags in and they double mule kick Dawson. They throw Dawson out then double clothesline Dash out! Fans fire up with the Usos while we go to break.
Raw returns and Jimmy fights up out of Dash’s chinlock. Dash holds Jimmy away from Jey but Jimmy throws back. Dash suplexes but Jimmy slips out! Jimmy kicks Dash away but both men are down. Dash tags in Dawson and Dawson anchors Jimmy. Jimmy hits the dragon whip enziguri! Now he and Dawson are down, but fans rally up. Jimmy and Dawson tag Jey and Dash! Jey rallies and mule kicks, then dabs and uppercuts on ’em! Things speed up, Samoan Drop for Dash! And one for Dawson, too! The Revival end up in opposite corners and Jey rallies the fans. “Uce O!” hip attack to Dawson! Then to Dash! Dash dumps Jey out but gets a kick for it! Jey climbs and crossbodies! Cover, TWO!
Jey keeps his cool while Dash crawls. Dash whips Jey in the corner and rocks him with a right. Dash climbs up but Jey uppercuts him back. Jey CHOPS Dash then climbs up to join him. Dawson tags in and Dash sunset flips! Dash carries Jey then powerbombs him, Dawson drops the Macho Elbow! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and The Revival pleads with the ref! The count is what it is, so Dawson drags Jey back up. “You think it’s funny!?” Dawson gives Jey uppercuts while fans rally up. Jey hits back! They brawl with big hands, then Dawson ducks to backslide. Jey uses Dash as a step to get out of it but Dawson rocks Jey with a right! Dawson whips but Jimmy tags in, the Usos Double SUPERKICK! Cover, but Dash barrels in!
Dash hits Jey then goes after him. He deflects the superkick and uses the barriers as a step for his tornado DDT! Jimmy builds speed and DIVES onto Dash! Jimmy goes back to Dawson, but gets caught in a cradle! TWO, superkick blocked! Dawson throws another right, but Jimmy SUPERKICKS again! Cover, TWO!! Dawson survives and now Jimmy can’t believe it! Fans say “This is Awesome!” as Jimmy gets himself up top. Jimmy aims but Dash runs in. Jimmy jump over, back drops Dash but Dawson rolls him up! With tights! The Revival wins!!
Winners: The Revival, by pinfall
It looks like Dash & Dawson have the last laugh this time. They steal one from the Usos, but will they be able to take back those Raw Tag Team Championships that way?
Alexa Bliss gets a touch-up from the Raw make-up department.
The Goddess has enough blush so she stops here. Nikki Cross comes by and Alexa compliments her on that Women’s MITB Ladder Match performance. The only thing is, Nikki didn’t win. Well yes, but she had the briefcase for a second. Yes, Alexa saw that, but Nikki didn’t win. Well it’s okay. Alexa will cheer her up with- The Revival marches in, celebrating their win! Did they see them win against the Usos?! They’re the next guests on A Moment of Bliss, right? Just think about it, okay? They head off and Alexa isn’t sure what to make of it. Will Nikki cheer up after Alexa has Becky Lynch as tonight’s guest?
Raw presents another episode of Firefly Fun House!
Though, it doesn’t look as cheerful as usual. “Let Him In.” Bray Wyatt is back, in his demonic form! Will you let Bray in?
Time for another A Moment of Bliss!
Raw’s top talk show has a new co-host with Nikki joining Alexa on stage. Alexa addresses the fact her luggage keeps getting misplaced by wearing her gear just in case. Where is her coffee, though? The stage hand brings out two cups, but Alexa doesn’t realize one was meant for Nikki… She pours the second into the first and takes a sip. On to her guest: the woman, or rather, The Man, that retained her Raw Women’s Championship but not her SmackDown Women’s Champion! It’s Becky Lynch!
Becky appears, holding up her one belt, and Nikki lets Becky have her seat. To then lurk by Alexa. Alexa has Nikki maintain personal space then welcomes Becky to the show. Last night was surely heartbreaking. Becky climbed a mountain against Lacey Evans and Charlotte Flair. How does it feel to no longer be the Double Champion? But speaking of champions, here come the IIconics! The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are here without violating the Wild Card Rule. This isn’t Becky Two Belts anymore, she’s Becky One Belt! It doesn’t have the same ring to it, though. And poor Becky is so sad. If it makes her feel any better, Peyton & Billie still have two belts.
“Shut yer faces, the two of ya.” Becky defended more in one night since those two have since Mania. And if they wanna talk trash, Becky will fight them both, take their titles and go up to Becky Three Belts! But wait, Lacey Evans appears! The Sassy Southern Belle struts onto the stage and says “Typical man, never knowing where to give proper credit.” The reason Becky is down a belt is because of Lacey. Fans still feel Becky is “Becky Two Belts” in their hearts. And Lacey can add honey to her sentences, but the fact is, the Lady got tapped out. She couldn’t get the job done when Becky was giving only half her attention. But now that Becky is focused, she can slap Lacey all up and down Raw. She’ll do it to the IIconics, too! Three versus one? Yeah right.
Nikki will be Becky’s partner. Okay, that’s 3v2. Well Alexa will do. What? No, she’s not part of this. Nah it’s okay, just stand there and look cute while The Man handles business. The Goddess is reluctant, but she joins in. A major Six Woman is about to go down, after the break!
Six Woman Tag: Becky Lynch, Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss VS Lacey Evans & The IIconics!
Raw returns as the teams sort out. Becky and Billie start and tie up. Becky headlocks but Billie powers out, only to get run over. Billie scrambles away to tag Peyton. By the way, Alexa’s finishing her coffee off the apron. Peyton and Becky tie up and Becky scoops. Peyton slips out and yanks Becky down by her hair. Cover but Becky slips out Matrix style. Peyton scrambles away and Becky dares Lacey to tag in. Lacey says she’ll tag in when she wants to, so Peyton runs into a drop toehold. Nikki tags in and gets the hand-off from Becky. Peyton shoves Nikki around, but Nikki table tops Peyton. Nikki dropkicks Peyton then whips her to a corner. Nikki roars before hitting a corner splash to bulldog! Cover, TWO!
Nikki is wild as ever as she shoulders into Peyton the hits Billie. She dropkicks Peyton then climbs up to crossbody! Cover, TWO! Billie shouts at Nikki but Peyton clobbers Nikki from behind. Tag to Billie and the IIconics crisscross Nikki to kick her down. Then they strike their pose. Billie drags Nikki up to knock her down, and now Lacey tags in. Lacey stomps a mudhole into Nikki then takes out her handkerchief. Lacey wipes the sweat from her brow then gives Nikki her swinging bronco buster! Peyton tags and covers, TWO! Peyton drags Nikki up and into an armlock. She adds a chinbar while fans rally for Nikki. Nikki fights up but Peyton throws her down by her hair. Peyton puts the armlock and chinbar back on and Nikki endures again.
Fans cheer Nikki on while Alexa sips her coffee. Nikki gets up and fights out but Peyton whips her hard into buckles. Lacey tags herself back in and stomps Nikki down. Lacey drags Nikki up to throw her down and step on her. She taunts Becky before putting Nikki in a neck wrench camel clutch. Lacey whips Nikki into the corner then tags Peyton. Peyton drags Nikki up for forearms then puts her in a corner. She whips Nikki corner to corner then runs in, but only gets the post! Hot tags to Becky and Billie! The Man rallies on Billie and hits a calf kick! Lacey drops down to avoid Becky even further, but then Billie rolls Becky! ONE, and Becky mule kicks Billie into the Becksploder! Lacey just leaves so Becky Straight Firearms Billie. Then hits the missile dropkick!
Becky hits Peyton for good measure then boots Billie back down. Becky hops up, leg drop! Cover, Becky’s team wins!
Winners: Becky Lynch, Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss, Lynch pinning
This match quite literally lasted a cup of coffee because only now is Alexa done and able to join her team. She celebrates with Nikki and Becky, but Becky leaves her behind to grab her belt. Will the Raw Women’s Champion continue to slap the heads off challengers now that she only has one belt to worry about?
Raw returns with Mick Foley!
Foley loves the response but he’s all business. He has a title on his shoulder in a bag. There’s been something missing from Raw as of late, so it’s time to revisit “R A W”. Raw needs to be raw again! Let’s make Mondays raw again! For superstars wanting to step up, Foley knows it takes a lot to make a mark. It takes a lot to become a champion. You don’t just defend a title, you live, dream and covet! It’s something you’ll sacrifice teeth and an ear to have! It is an obsession that consumes the day. 24 hours a day, seven days a week, that is. And so with that in mind, Mick Foley presents the new… WWE 24/7 Championship!
The name obviously implies that this belt will be defended anytime, anywhere! Keep in mind, the champion won’t get days off. The champion could be playing golf and boom, a ref appears and a match happens. A slide at Chuck E. Cheese or at the tanning salon, you better have your trunks ready because falls count anywhere. Foley puts the title down and starting tonight, this very third hour of Raw will get downright mean and nasty! Maybe a little dirty. And it starts right here tonight, in Albany, New York. The inaugural 24/7 Champion will be crowned! It will be a championship scramble! Mick will leave, superstars will line up, and they’ll go for the gold. Is this belt open to all superstars on Raw? No. It’s open to Raw, SmackDown, 205 Live, NXT, NXT UK, and maybe even a good ol’ legend or two!
The moment this bell rings, “he who retrieves it, receives it, and destiny is staring you in the eye.” Foley gets out of the ring, and we begin!
WWE 24/7 Championship Scramble!
First on the scene are FOUR superstars! Cedric Alexander, Eric Young, EC3 and Mojo Rawley run down the ramp while fighting each other! They crash and burn but Mojo gets closest! But now No Way Jose and both Good Brothers head out! Seven superstars fight and push and stomp, and even Titus O’Neil appears! Karl Anderson is closest but EC3 anchors him! Alexander shoves Titus while EC3 bumps Mojo. Titus throws Alexander back, then goes for the title! But Mojo POUNCES! Alexander springboard clotheslines Mojo but EY slides in! They both see the belt andhesitate, allowing the Good Brothers to trip them up!
Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows both go for the belt! They grab it at the same time, and stare down! Will this tag team break up over this? EC3 shoves them into each other! But No Way Jose punches EC3! They brawl with the belt just below them! Jose gets an edge then tackles EC3 out of the ring! Everyone’s down but no one has the belt! Wait, is that Drake Maverick!? Titus O’Neil stands in his way! But he still grabs the belt! Titus pries him off it, and TOSSES him at the others! Titus grabs the belt and runs away with it!
Winner: Titus O’Neil; inaugural WWE 24/7 Champion
The Real Deal celebrates, but for too long! Robert Roode and a ref appear, and Roode rolls Titus up!! Roode wins the belt!!
New 24/7 Champion: Robert Roode!
A GLORIOUS steal! Roode takes the belt and runs, but everyone chases him backstage! Can Roode get away with the gold? Will Titus get back at him? Or will someone else take that title off Roode first?
Raw finds Roode running for his life.
He has the belt but the clock is running. He hides behind some trunks as the angry mob runs past. They all blow past Roode, and he slowly sneaks out to run back the other way. Will Roode make it to a safe place to hold onto that belt a little longer?
The Miz VS Drew McIntyre w/ Shane McMahon!
The Hollywood A-Lister wants his trilogy with Shane McMahon, but Shane doesn’t want any more of Miz. Probably because Miz comes closer and closer to actually defeating him. But for now, Miz must survive the Scottish Terminator in order to have a clear path. Will Miz find a way to finally have retribution on Shane O’Mac?
Raw returns as McIntyre makes his entrance, Shane O’Mac shuffling around behind him. McIntyre doesn’t break focus from Miz, and the same goes for Miz with McIntyre. The bell rings and we begin this first-time-ever!
Miz and McIntyre tie up and Miz manages to sidestep him. McIntyre lungs and Miz gets a headlock. Miz goes for the takeover but McIntyre blocks with power! McIntyre powers out but Miz dodges to kick and punch him back. Miz whips but McIntyre blocks to CHOP Miz down. Shane likes what he sees as McIntyre drags Miz up for more CHOPS! McIntyre whips Miz corner to corner but Miz goes up and over! Miz runs, but into McIntyre’s arms! McIntyre pops Miz up but Miz slips out to jawbreaker back. McIntyre shoves but Miz kicks him back. It does nothing! Miz speeds things up and baits McIntyre onto the apron. Miz slides and trips McIntyre up! Then blocks a boot to throw McIntyre’s leg into barriers!
Shane lurks but Miz sees him. Shane stays back as Miz puts McIntyre in. Miz slides but McIntyre blocks the sunset flip. McIntyre tosses Miz into a corner, but Miz dropkicks the legs out! McIntyre hits buckles and Miz fires off! Miz throws hands but McIntyre back suplexes. MIz lands on his feet and boots McIntyre away. McIntyre ends up in a corner and Miz runs in. McIntyre catches the A-List lariat! And he TOSSES Miz overhead! Shane applauds and McIntyre stomps Miz’s hands. McIntyre deadlift suplexes Miz hard! Cover, TWO! Shane says that’s fine, because McIntyre is still in control. McIntyre stands Miz up to CHOP him against the ropes!
McIntyre drags Miz to the ropes and wants to suplex him out! Miz resists and knees McIntyre back, to then sunset flip! But McIntyre holds ropes to save himself. He hits Miz away but Miz trips him up! McIntyre hits the apron hard! McIntyre hobbles but hits Miz back, to sit him on the barrier. Shane applauds as McIntyre blasts Miz into the front row! Shane mockingly asks if Miz is okay, before McIntyre deadlift suplexes Miz up and to the floor! The Terminator is in control while we go to break.
Raw returns as McIntyre drags Miz up on the to rope. Miz fights free to sunset flip powerbomb McIntyre down! Shane doesn’t like that. Miz catches his breath while McIntyre crawls away. Fans rally for Miz as he counter punches McIntyre! Miz throws more hands and even It Kicks! He runs corner to corner to hit double knees! And again! But McIntyre follows, only to get post! Miz has the fans fired up as he runs corner to corner to hit that A-List Lariat! He dumps McIntyre down to springboard ax handle! Cover, TWO! McIntyre lives but Miz keeps focus as he gives more It Kicks! Miz kicks and kicks and aims, but McIntyre counters the buzzsaw, only for Miz to huricanrana!
Miz wants the full nelson but McIntyre powers out. McIntyre hits him with a back elbow in the corner, and then the Inverted Alabama Slam! Cover, TWO! Miz survives and McIntyre is frustrated. But Shane still has confidence as McIntyre whips Miz. Miz dodges again, to give kicks to the inner thigh! Miz runs and blocks a boot, to a knee jacker! McIntyre writhes but Miz is after the legs for a Figure Four! McIntyre shoves Miz away, Shane gets a cheap shot in! SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Shane is shocked the cheating didn’t work! But McIntyre takes aim and runs, but Miz dodges the claymore! Takedown, to Figure Four! McIntyre endures and Shane freaks out, but McIntyre CHOPS away on Miz! Miz falls back and the hold comes off.
McIntyre hobbles up and heads for Miz. Miz dumps McIntyre out and wrecks him with a dropkick! Then Miz glares at Shane! Shane runs away! Miz misses getting Shane, but dodges McIntyre again. He throws McIntyre into barriers! Then the ring, but Shane attacks from behind! Shane pushes Miz in the ring, CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
Shane is the Best in the World at screwing over The Miz! McIntyre rolls on, will he get a title match out of this? Shane tells Miz he was done with him, but he has a parting gift. Shane has McIntyre put Miz in a corner while Shane climbs up. McIntyre holds Miz down, but here comes Roman! Roman saves Miz and SUPERMAN PUNCHES McIntyre! Then he runs Shane off! Shane’s also the Best in the World at running away. But will he have what it takes to fight The Big Dog at Super Showdown?
Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley discuss their main event match.
They’re ready to team up again, but then Robert Roode bumps into them! Roode does his best to hide the 24/7 Championship so they don’t get any bright ideas. The mob runs in and Roode gets out of there! How has Roode not just gotten to the hotel!? And is Drake Maverick going to be okay? He might need to hydrate.
Raw backstage interview with the WWE World and Universal Champions, Kofi and Seth!
They’ll both be taking on Baron and Bobby, but what about the Beast in the Bank? As champion, you need to multitask! They both know Lesnar’s around but they also know Corbin & Lashley are legit. No one likes Lashley, no one ever liked Corbin, in all of space and time. They’re dangerous, so they’re first. Then who do they think Lesnar will go after first? That’s not their concern. Kofi worked hard to be world champion, so he’ll visit and survive Supelx City to stay W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~! Seth, where them hips at? Yeah no. The two champs head out for their main event, but will it be ruined by a cash-in?
Samoa Joe speaks.
“Witness what happened last night. My shoulders were never fully on the mat.” Joe shouldn’t have lost his WWE United States Championship to Rey Mysterio. But he’s not angry, because it was just a mistake. Joe knows Rey knows, because he is an honorable man, a caring husband and father, and a man with a reputation that spans the globe. So Rey won’t let that controversy taint his legacy. Joe knows Rey. Joe is not compassionate, but he will gift Rey an opportunity to simply hand the title back. He’s giving Rey the opportunity to lead by example. Be the man Joe knows he wants Dominique to be. Because if Rey doesn’t, imagine the example Joe will set for him. The WWE United States Championship will be addressed next week!
Roode makes it to the parking lot!
The only way he stops the Raw roster from chasing him is to get to a vehicle! He asks R-Truth for help! Truth puts him in the trunk! Truth sends the mob the other way, then goes back to his car. He lets Roode out, and brings him to the passenger seat. But a ref is here?! Truth hits Roode and bumps him off the car! Cover, Truth wins!!
New WWE 24/7 Champion: R-Truth!
He takes the belt and runs away with it! The belt’s headed to SmackDown either way, but will Truth be able to hold onto it through the night?
Seth Rollins & Kofi Kingston VS Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin!
Two top champions in the WWE team up together against two towering opponents. With Lesnar and his MITB contract lurking, will the Architect and Kofimania be able to focus? Or will the Rocky Mountain Machine and “Albany’s Favorite Son” take advantage and earn themselves title matches?
Raw returns and someone made this No Disqualifications?!
No Disqualifications Tag: Seth Rollins & Kofi Kingston VS Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin!
That someone has to be HHH, who made this match with Heyman. Rollins makes his entrance, only to be attacked by Corbin! Corbin drags Rollins up but Kofi runs to help, only to be intercepted by Lashley! Lashley tackles Kofi into the LED wall while Corbin stomps Rollins on the stage. Corbin drags Rollins to the ring and Lashley follows. They put Rollins in and the bell rings! Rollins fights Corbin off, then hits Lashley, only to turn around into DEEP SIX! Cover, but Kofi returns to break it!
Lashley throws Kofi out then goes after him again. Corbin keeps on Rollins with body shots. Corbin rains down rights then yanks Rollins up. Rollins lands on his feet to PELE! Rollins and Corbin are down, but crawling for their corners. Kofi is there for the hot tag! Lashley also tags in, but Kofi springboard ax handles Lashley down! Kofi CHOPS away then dropkicks Lashley. Lashley runs but Kofi dodges to clothesline him down! Kofi drops the New Day Boom Drop! Fans fire up with Kofi but Kofi has to hit Corbin away. Lashley hits Kofi then suplexes, but Kofi slips out. Kofi boots Lashley away, then hops up for a crossbody! Cover, but Corbin breaks it. Rollins returns but gets a right hand from Corbin. Corbin returns to his corner and Lashley tags him in.
Lashley takes Kofi and throws him out. Corbin and Lashley drag Kofi up to whip him at barriers hard! Then they do the same to Rollins! Corbin and Lashley loom over both champions while we go to one last break!
Raw returns again as Corbin ROCKS Rollins with a right. Lashley grinds his boot into Kofi while Corbin drags Rollins up again, only to punch him back down. Rollins flounders to his feet but Corbin runs again, into Rollins’ slingblade! Rollins hits Lashley away then DIVES onto Corbin! But Corbin catches him, to choke slam him on the apron! And toss him into the timekeeper’s area! Corbin stomps away then buries Rollins with chairs! Lashley puts Kofi in the ring and rams his shoulder into him! Fans boo and jeer as Lashley and Corbin mug Kofi. Corbin hits the choke slam backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Kofi crawls to a corner but Corbin and Lashley haul him up top. They both climb up, but Rollins returns with a chair!
Rollins SMACKS Lashley! He SMACKS Corbin! He SMACKS Lashley, but Corbin punches him down. Corbin tosses Rollins to the apron but Rollins kicks back! Rollins springboards and hits a flying knee! Lashley swings but Rollins ducks to PELE! Rollins mule kicks Lashley! And mule kicks Corbin! Fans fire up and Rollins stomps, “Burn It Down!” He aims at Corbin but Lashley yanks him out! Lashley stomps Rollins, but Kofi meets Lashley in the ring. Kofi leaps but into Lashley’s arms, to tackle him in ropes! But it’s Kofi who dumps Lashley out of the ring! Corbin runs but he gets dumped out! Rollins DIVES and gets them both! Kofi climbs and Trust Falls! He wipes out Corbin and Lashley!
Fans fire up as Kofi puts Corbin in the ring. Kofi springboards but Corbin gets under. Corbin reels Kofi in but Kofi slips out to spin and hit Corbin with Trouble in Paradise! Cover, Kofi & Rollins win!
Winners: Kofi Kingston & Seth Rollins, Kingston pinning
But Lashley SPEARS Kofi! Then SPEARS Rollins! The Almighty Lashley has the chair, and takes aim at Kofi. Kofi ducks, Rollins SUPERKICKS Lashley! But here comes Lesnar!! He has his briefcase, but Rollins has the chair! Who is The Beast going to target?! Lesnar circles like a shark, but both Rollins and Kofi are on guard. Lesnar does his lap, hops up on the apron, but stays back. Fans boo as the Beast simply plays mind games with the champions. Heyman says they take a week to decide. The Beast will return next Raw, who will be his prime target?
Well this was certainly something. There was actually a good bit of buzz going into Raw tonight after what happened at MITB. And this time, the formula of a long opening segment works because we needed Heyman to talk for Lesnar to tell us how things are in story. Everything Heyman said about those conspiracy theories was a worked shoot, because word is, they really did find a way to sneak Lesnar in and surprise everyone, superstars included. But it was a great move to throw intrigue back in by teasing a choice between the two top titles. It really would be good if Lesnar VS Kofi became a thing, but it sadly sounds like Rollins VS Lesnar is happening at the now Saudi Arabia Super Showdown. Though, I would hope the title doesn’t change overseas like that.
Lesnar going out during the main event was obviously just a tease. Between running short on time and having one champion there to help the other, Lesnar wasn’t going to succeed anyway, even if he’s Lesnar. The tag team main event was really good, to be honest, though it clearly sounds like Vince doesn’t know how match rules interact anymore. Either way, it seems interesting that the Brock Lesnar bias is spreading to all of the McMahon authority with HHH apparently helping set the champions up for Lesnar to attack. HHH should be the only one on their side, given how he is on NXT. Though, Vince doesn’t care about continuity between main roster and NXT, obviously.
Ricochet and Cesaro had a great match, but naturally Cesaro wins over a battered Ricochet. A rematch of these two when Ricochet is at 100% will be awesome. The Lucha House Party getting to at least survive Lars was a good move. Someone needs to start putting up a fight, so three someones doing it is fine. We finally get a great Usos VS Revival match, as we should’ve been getting all along. Renee seemed so salty during this part, I can’t be sure if she’s going Tweener or what. It’s smart for Revival to win by cheating, they’re still the Heels. They must get those Raw tag titles off Hawkins & Ryder.
The Raw Women’s Division stuff is definitely being forced by Vince. Granted, Becky and Nikki do their parts, and obviously there isn’t meant to be chemistry between Nikki and Alexa, but it doesn’t even seem like good awkward chemistry. Clearly Alexa still isn’t at 100%, or whatever WWE needs her to be at to compete, but maybe that can go into story. Alexa lets Nikki and Becky do all the work against Lacey and the IIconics, and of course Becky wins for her team. Alexa might get Nikki to do the same if they become a tag team to face the IIconics 2v2. I do like that Becky has a non-submission finisher now with that top rope leg drop, it’ll give her matches more variety now. Lacey seems a front runner for another shot, but she should have matches with Naomi and/or Dana first.
Strowman squashes Sami to get that story done, and now his match with Lashley at Super Showdown is the next thing. Hopefully we get some real build next week, a stare down was okay but obviously not enough for these behemoths. Honestly, they could’ve been doing more with these two all along, so maybe the Super Showdown match is just the start. At the same time, Lashley has to be part of this new Mean Street Posse Shane’s making. Lashley, McIntyre and Elias are definitely members given they’re the ones doing Shane’s bidding. Obviously Shane cheats Miz, and almost as obvious, Roman helps Miz. This still looks good for a second Miz-Roman team-up down the line. Maybe Miz helps Roman at Super Showdown since McIntyre will be in Shane’s corner. Miz, Roman and Strowman can make an interesting team to face Shane’s guys.
This new title is obviously the Hardcore Championship revived, but apparently without a No Disqualification element. That’s a shame, since it’s literally Falls Count Anywhere. This belt has three reigns already, and it’s all been pretty fun in my opinion. I really hope that with modern technology like Facebook Live, YouTube and even the WWE Network, we get all sorts of shenanigans with this title, especially on days without Raw or SmackDown. Hell, this belt better show up at TakeOver: XXV! I just don’t get why this announcement went alongside the changes to Raw’s third hour. The lighting is dimmer and the tone is apparently going to be more mature. It’s been obvious how desperate Vince has gotten because of his own booking, but one of these things might save WWE TV.
My Score: 8/10
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.35~ 19TH MAY 2019
Hisame brings us updates on all our NOAH favourites! RATEL’S, AXIZ and Kongoh! Also a nice update on YO-HEY’s unique state of mind.
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
“Under blue skies” NOAH held an event on the 18th May, which was only two events, and was held for their new sponsors, and 500 people on the roof of the Sekichu store in Saitama.
Sekichu are a hardware store who seem to specialize in home cleaning products, they also seem to have some kind of association with both All Japan and DDT too, and Jun Akiyama was there on the day wrapped against the spring cold in a Sekichu jacket.
The day was “non canon” and featured only ten wrestlers (plus the injured Naomichi Marufuji who was on commentary and gave autographs), everything was lighthearted with Go Shiozaki wearing a Sekichu company logo box on his head, and Taniguchi apologizing for knocking down a company display (which he was thrown into by Shiozaki). At the end of the event the fans got the chance to pose with the wrestlers, and it seems that the mascots did the same, and AXIZ also leaned on Hitoshi Kumano and almost squished him.
On seeing Daisuke Harada posing with one, IPW’S Ben Basden said “@IPWUK do you really want this representing your company? Fly him over to England already, he clearly has nothing better to do.”
The next day, the 19th in Gunma, was when the real events of the show happened, especially on the junior front involving RATELS and their enemies Stinger.
YO-HEY had said that he would be making an announcement in Gunma, and he stepped into the ring to do it after the match (which Stinger had lost via a lariat from Tadasuke on Junta Miyawaki). YO-HEY told Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki that for Global Junior Tag League, he would indeed be teaming with HAYATA and going for the third consecutive win, but he would be doing this as a member of Stinger. Getting the win in any league, equals a challenge for the belt, but while normally this would mean either another team and another team alone getting it, in this situation it would mean the belt would be half Stingers, and half RATELS. Ogawa didn’t like this, and he and Kotaro attacked YO-HEY, stamping on his chest after Ogawa had knocked him down with an elbow.
HAYATA ran to the ring and threw himself over YO-HEY to protect him, and as he was pulled off of him, Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke ran in for the assist, the four of them did their tandem kick and threw Stinger out of the ring.
Afterwards, RATELS helped YO-HEY up.
Daisuke Harada asked the crowd what YO-HEY was? Was he RATELS? Or was he Stinger?
The crowd had no hesitation in unanimously saying that he was RATELS.
YO-HEY removed his Stinger t-shirt, and the four of them did their handshake, before Tadasuke carried a grinning YO-HEY from the ring on his back (I think YO-HEY’S lungs were probably a little overworked after the exertion), and Harada welcomed him home…although he did say that despite the fact that the four of them were going to start again from scratch, YO-HEY should not think that he was going to go easy on him.
YO-HEY later posted on Twitter that RATELS had forgiven him for his betrayal, and were kind.
So, now Stinger are a man down and both teams stand at four against two, it will be interesting to see if Naomichi Marufuji joins Stinger. After all, he is feuding with Daisuke Harada, Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki are old friends (and heels), and in NOAH the line between the interaction in matches and units between juniors and heavyweights is one that is often crossed.
Elsewhere, Kongoh got another win when the four of them (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya, Atsushi Kotoge and Yoshiki Inamura) defeated the team of Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuehi Taniguchi, Minoru Tanaka and Akitoshi Saito, with Kitamiya evening the score against Taniguchi with the Saito Suplex. Naturally,
Kenoh started screaming afterwards about the usual things.
Katsuhiko Nakajima had another one of his classic beating up on Takashi Sugiura with a smug look on his face pictures taken. Nakajima, unfortunately, has failed to realize that this all spurs Sugiura to revenge, which is usually taken in a brutal way in title matches.
Global Junior Tag League starts on the 28th May 2019 at Korakuen Hall.
Post match promos – Esupowaru Isanuma, Saitama
Two of the NOAH seniors, Naomichi Marufuji and Takashi Sugiura in particular, are baiting Kenoh. As you know Sugiura called the name “Kongoh” tacky, with Kenoh calling him a “stupid old man”.
Marufuji, however, seems to have gone a step further to wind him up, after reading an article in “Puroresu Weekly” and photoshopping a bottle of brown sauce which he labelled as the flavor of Kenoh’s gut.
Kenoh said he was looking forward to kicking Marufuji (who thought he was a funny guy) on his return on the 28th, Marufuji said sarcastically for
Kenoh to be gentle.
Takashi Sugiura will celebrate his 50th birthday on May 31st, NOAH had announced plans to have a fan birthday party for him on the 25th, but not given any further details, and the announcement appears to have vanished from the site.
Kaito Kiyomiya will turn 23 on July 17th with Junta Miyawaki turning 22 on June 14th, NOAH will hold a fan party for them on the 13th July, details to be announced.
Naomichi Marufuji will turn 40 this year in September, so no doubt NOAH will also announce a fan party for him.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Stinger (Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa)
~ YO-HEY signed autographs from both himself and his lung.
~ Daisuke Harada has sworn that he will have a main event for a title match
~ Naomichi Marufuji has been bed bound due to his injury, and spent a lot of time (in between Twitter posts and hospital visits) watching Dragonball Z. He said he watched about twenty episodes.
~ Akitoshi Saito was interviewed on his thoughts of Global Junior Tag League, a league which naturally he is not part of. Heavyweights have never been asked their picks and opinions for it before, so it could be a good way for the Juniors & the Heavyweights to go to war, especially as the juniors were not asked for their opinion over Global Tag League.
~ Kaito Kiyomiya said in an interview that when the twelve year old him heard that Mitsuharu Misawa had died, he cried throughout the day.
~ As part of his rehabilitation, YO-HEY says he has been taking walks in the park.
The first night of Global Junior League will be broadcast live on G+ on May 28th 2019 at 6.30pm JST.
The 9th June show (the Misawa Memorial from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo and the second to last night of Global Junior Tag League) will be broadcast by G+ on Thursday 13th at 8pm JST.
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hitoshi Kumano
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hajime Ohara
Global Junior Tag League mini interview with Akitoshi Saito
Katsuhiko Nakajima interview on the late Silver King
Ten years after Misawa’s death in Hiroshima, champion Kaito Kiyomiya “looks at a new scenery”
Champ talk with Katsuhiko Nakajima
PICTURE CREDITS: Daisuke Harada, Noah GHC, PKDK, Naomichi Marufuji
Newsletter written by Hisame