And as promised, The Beast in the Bank will declare which top champion he promises to cash-in on! Will it be Seth Rollins or Kofi Kingston? Plus, who will step up to the Raw Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch?
- Shane McMahon w/ Drew McIntyre VS Lance Anoa’i; Shane wins.
- Becky Lynch & Nikki Cross VS The IIconics; Lynch & Cross win.
- Ricochet VS Cesaro; Ricochet wins.
- WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way Elimination Match: The Miz VS Braun Strowman VS Bobby Lashley VS Baron Corbin; Corbin wins and moves on to Super Showdown to face Seth Rollins for the title.
- WWE 24/7 Champion: R-Truth retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
- Seth Rollins VS Sami Zayn; Rollins wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
WWE and Raw celebrate Memorial Day.
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God such men lived.” – George S. Patton.
The United States of America is the land of the free because of the brave who fought, and on this day, we remember and thank those who gave their lives in that fight.
Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman ARE here on Raw!
The Beast in the Bank and the Advocate leave their dressing room to head for the stage.
But Kofi Kingston is on Raw, too!
The WWE Champion again uses the Wild Card Rule to bring positivity and pancakes to Mondays! He wants to know just exactly who Brock Lesnar is after, because Paul Heyman taunting him with the MITB briefcase is the reason Dolph Ziggler was able to blindside him on last week’s SmackDown! The Show-Off would cite his own bitterness as to why he ambushed and brutalized Kofi, but Kofi kept his promise to walk out of the arena on his own two feet. And now, not even a full week removed, Kofimania is up and walking around in the ring!
Fans cheer for Kofi as he gets himself a mic to speak. “Man, I love y’all, man.” SmackDown took out Big E’s knee last week, and after his match with Sami Zayn, Kofi was attacked by Ziggler. Ziggler tried to end Kofi, but he didn’t finish the job because he’s still standing! And when the time’s right, Kofi will go after Ziggler. But tonight, Kofi is here for Mr. Money in the Bank. Heyman promised tonight, Lesnar chooses his opponent. Kofi considers himself not just a fighting champion, but he wants to become the greatest WWE Champion of all time! And that means beating Brock Lesnar! Kofi wants Lesnar to come out and just cash-in already! But instead of The Beast, it’s the Beastslayer! Seth Rollins and his WWE Universal Championship are here to #BurnItDown!
Rollins joins Kofi in the ring, a flip-side to last week when Kofi hopped in on Rollins. Rollins picks up a mix to tell Kofi that he’s not Lesnar, he’s better. But he likes where Kofi’s head is at. Rollins doesn’t want to wait! He wants to know who Lesnar is after, right now! WWE Champion, Universal Champion, we’re just missing Mr. MITB! Rollins demands Lesnar get out here and give them his decision! And here comes The Beast! With a remix, even. Lesnar is having almost too much fun with his Money in the Bank boombox. But to rub salt in the wound, the boombox starts playing New Day music. Kofi takes that as a green light, but then it changes to Rollins’ music! Heyman rocks out with Lesnar, but Lesnar gets him to calm down and get to business.
Rollins doesn’t care, he just leaves. But Kofi sticks around. Kofi dares Lesnar to cash-in, put his briefcase where his mouth is. Heyman figures Rollins would just pee on the parade. His client, Brock Lesnar, was going to say right here, right now, his choice to cash-in, but then Rollins went and ruined the #BrockParty. And don’t you boo! Don’t blame Lesnar, blame Rollins. And the decision is NOT announced, we’ll have to wait another week. But then Ziggler attacks Kofi AGAIN! Ziggler wants to finish the job after all! Zig-Zag to the ramp! And he gets a chair! Ziggler goes back to Kofi, but Xavier Woods makes the save! Xavier throws hands and Ziggler runs away! Will we see Ziggler get some form of comeuppance at the hand of The New Day?
Raw returns to Kofi being helped to the back.
But Ziggler returns! And he goes after Xavier! Xavier brings the fight to Ziggler and punches him down the ramp! Xavier drags Ziggler to the ring to put him in! The fight continues as Xavier throws hands, but Ziggler yanks Xavier out of the ring. Ziggler rakes Xavier’s face with his fingernails! Fans rally for Xavier but Ziggler throws him into barriers. Ziggler drags Xavier up but Xavier throws more hands! And he dumps Ziggler into the crowd! Then he climbs up, to LEAP for ax handles! Fans cheer as Xavier drags Ziggler back to ringside to dump him out the other side! Xavier headbutts Ziggler and knocks him into a trash can. But Ziggler fights back, only to get shoved into railing.
Xavier dumps the trash on Ziggler! Then he drags Ziggler back to ringside to throw him back over the barriers. Fans fire up as Xavier hops over, but Ziggler kicks out Xavier’s leg! Ziggler drags Xavier up to bump him off steel steps! Referees appear to get Ziggler to back off, but he just gets another chair. Ziggler aims at Xavier and SMACKS him on the back! And again! Xavier is reeling from that chair shot, but Ziggler grins as he rakes Xavier’s eyes again. He puts Xavier in the ring and brings the chair along. Ziggler laughs as he SMACKS Xavier on the back again! Then he chokes Xavier with the edge of that chair, before opening it up. Ziggler puts it around Xavier’s head like he did to Kofi last week!
But Kofi returns, with his own chair! Kofi runs Ziggler off for good this time, and we go back to break again. Is this the last we’ve seen of Ziggler tonight on Raw?
Raw returns again, with Kofi and Xavier both in the ring.
The New Day stands tall, but Ziggler is on stage! He speaks into a mic and says he thought he knew Kofi better. But Kofi just wastes his time on Lesnar’s cash-in, when he should be worrying about Ziggler. In 11 days, WWE Super Showdown, that world title is on the line against Ziggler. Ziggler only asks for one thing going into that match: celebrate like you’ve never celebrated before! Show the world what Kofi accomplished as the best champion in recent memory! But every time Ziggler sees the title with Kofi, he can’t help but think that it should’ve been him.
Ziggler admires Kofi, really he does. But for so long, Kofi has had friends watch his back every step of the way. Some people said Kofi was nothing more than a B+ Player, but Ziggler defended him! Ziggler knows how damn good Kofi is for the world title! But what happens when he doesn’t have that title anymore? What happens when Ziggler takes the title from him?! The millions of fans that have looked up to him, what happens to them when Ziggler takes that title from him? It took longer than Ziggler wanted, because Wrestlemania should’ve been his. But at Super Showdown, it will be Ziggler! Will Ziggler back up his bitter words when WWE goes overseas?
The rest of the Raw roster celebrates Memorial Day with a barbecue!
Superstars from Titus O’Neil to the Usos are eating their fill and having a ball! They even have a DJ! Jimmy grabs a mic and has everyone wish happy birthday to Natalya! And also, thanks for coming out to hang out with the Usos! Even the Revival? HELL NAW! But time to turn up! The Uso Block Party is on!
Backstage interview with Shane McMahon!
The Best int he World is competing tonight? Yes, he needs a warm-up for Roman Reigns at Super Showdown. He’ll beat The Big Dog down just like he is tonight’s opponent. And he heads to the ring with Drew McIntyre as his back-up. Is McIntyre feeling good? Shane’s feeling good. But who is getting the #BestintheWorld beating tonight?
Shane McMahon w/ Drew McIntyre VS ???
Raw returns as Shane is finally done with his warm-ups. Shane speaks about the parallels between teh mcMahon Family and the Samoan Dynasty. These two pillars of WWE and their feud all come down to one thing: respect. It was grilled into Shane but not into Roman Reigns. How else could you explain Roman punching down the “patriarch of the WWE,” the benevolent Vince McMahon. What kind of man can hit another man’s father? Shane is again hypocritical, but Shane talks about “the high chief, Peter Maviah,” grandfather of The Rock. Yokozuna, the Head Shrinkers, the Usos, and on and on. But the most feared were the Wild Samoans, Afa and Sika.
Shane grew up knowing Afa and Sika, and perhaps knows them better than Roman does, given his front row seat to their matches, and their mistakes. Shane won’t disparage them, because that’s not in him. It’s not part of his DNA. Vince was always there to clean up Afa’s and Sika’s mistakes. But who from the Samoan Dynasty will appear to face Shane tonight? Because they’re going to lose to the Best in the World. Who will answer this Open Samoan Challenge?
Raw returns again and Shane’s opponent is Lance Anoa’i, a distant cousin to Roman. But McIntyre drags Lance out to ram him into barriers then the apron and back again! And then steel steps! Shane says that’s enough. But McIntyre doesn’t stop, he rams Lance into a post and tosses him overhead! Shane insists McIntyre stop but McIntyre rips Lance’s shirt off to CHOP! Oh that’s gonna leave a mark. Put Lance in here. McIntyre will be reprimanded later, but might as well ring the bell. The match actually starts now, and Lance manages to stand, only to get knees and punches.
Shane puts Lance in a corner for body shots. He backs off at the ref’s count of 4, then kicks Lance down. Shane keeps hitting Lance but Lance hits back! Shane body shots and clubs Lance then throws more hands. He toys with Lance but fans say “This is Awful!” But then Lance fights back! Lance CHOPS and dropkicks Shane down! Lance dares Shane to stand, and then goes for a superkick, only to get an elbow! Shane grounds ‘n’ pounds Lance over and over, then drags him into a triangle hold. Lance taps, Shane wins!
Winner: Shane McMahon, by submission
Apparently the Best in the World isn’t satisfied with this. He tells McIntyre to sit Lance up for him to punch back down! Then Shane puts him back in the triangle. Shane trash talks Sika, he’d be doing this to Sika, too! Shane won’t let Lance go. The biggest mistake Sika ever made was having Roman Reigns! But speaking of, here comes Roman!! The Big Dog doesn’t care if he’s a Wild Card or not, he’s storming to the ring! SUPERMAN PUNCH for McIntyre! Shane sees Roman snarling at him. And runs away! Roman runs after and gets him at the barriers! Roman clubs away but Shane throws an elbow. Only to get a FLYING SUPERMAN PUNCH!
Roman puts Shane in the ring, and takes aim from a corner. He lets out the battle cry, but McIntyre drags Shane out to save him. Roman will have to wait for Super Showdown to get his revenge. Will Shane learn to shut his mouth once and for all?
Speaking of, Shane and McIntyre hurry to the parking lot to get out of here. Will Shane also learn to stay away once and for all?
Brock Lesnar comes back out!
The Beast in the Bank is going to try again now that he’s cheered up. And there’s a ref in the ring? Heyman takes up a mic to introduce himself and Mr. MITB 2019. And Heyman has the contract in his hands as he says they are going to inform the world which champion Lesnar wants. And now Rollins returns! Lesnar laughs as Rollins storms his way back into the ring. Rollins explains something to Lesnar. This belt here is Rollins’ life. And he sees the “boombox” so shut up! Rollins works for this every single day! But Lesnar comes out and makes a mockery out of it! Lesnar makes jokes, because he IS a joke! Rollins stomped Lesnar out at Mania, and he’ll do it again here!
Lesnar used to be the most feared man in fight sports, but now he’s a coward! A shell of his former self! If Lesnar wants to prove him wrong? Cash in tonight!! Heyman shows the referee the contract. The contract itself says Lesnar chooses when and where, and which title to challenge. The contract lasts for a full year from MITB 2019 to MITB 2020! But Lesnar is done with the legalese. He realizes he has a YEAR to cash in, and slaps Heyman around. Rollins tosses his shirt, but Lesnar says he has a YEAR to use this. “Rollins, screw you.” Lesnar takes his leave, because he’ll do what he wants to who he wants, when he wants! But when, where and who will that be?
Wait, the 24/7 Champion runs in! R-Truth runs away from Robert Roode, Cedric Alexander, and EC3! Eric Young rolls R-Truth up! But EC3 breaks it! Alexander springboard crossbodies EC3 and Young down! But Drake Maverick leaps at Truth! Truth dodges him, Luke Gallows AND Karl Anderson! Carmella gets him to the crowd, and he carries her to the back! Will Truth make it to the end of Raw with that belt?
Backstage interview with AJ Styles.
The Phenomenal One is hurt, the only reason he’s not in tonight’s Fatal 4 Way match. Baron Corbin takes Styles’ place, but what happened? Styles hurt himself in that Money in the Bank PPV match. He could say he’s ready to go but that’s not the truth. Styles wanted to face Lashley, Miz and Strowman if it meant getting back to a title match. Not tonight, at least. How long will he be out for? More tests have to be run, and according to doctors- Baron Corbin sucker punches Styles! Corbin grins because he has Styles’ spot. Will he use it to the best of his ability to go after Rollins at Super Showdown?
Becky Lynch & Nikki Cross VS The IIconics!
The Man isn’t #BeckyTwoBelts but she will hold onto her Raw Women’s Championship with everything she has. Can she and crazy Nikki Cross defeat Peyton Royce & Billie Kay just like they did last week?
Raw returns as the IIconics make their entrance. Nikki is already beside Becky as teams sort out. Billie starts with Nikki as the bell rings. Nikki and Billie tie up and go around. Billie puts Nikki in the corner and Peyton tags in. Nikki dodges the besties and dares them to bring the fight. Peyton circles with Nikki and tie up. Nikki arm-drags Peyton but Peyton holds on to throw Nikki. Peyton and Nikki keep locked up as they go to ropes. The ref calls for a break but they don’t, and Nikki waistlocks. Peyton works against the hold and wrenches Nikki to a wristlock. She brings Nikki to a knee and hammerlocks the arm. Nikki endures and works her way up as fans rally. Nikki rolls Peyton, TWO!
Peyton knees low and headlocks Nikki. Nikki endures the squeeze and pries her way out. Nikki headlocks Peyton but Peyton slips out to another wristlock. Billie coaches Peyton but Nikki rolls and handsprings, only to get thrown down. Peyton taunts Becky, and drags Nikki up. Nikki fights out to arm-drag Peyton down! Nikki has Peyton down and reaches for Becky. Peyton knees low and drags Nikki back. Tag to Billie and Billie grins as she grabs Nikki. But Nikki grabs Billie for a headlock takeover! Nikki has Billie down but Billie stands up and lifts Nikki. Nikki headlock takeovers again! Fans rally as they stand up again. Nikki trips Billie and stomps her down. Billie gets mad and runs in, but is thrown out.
Nikki wrecks Billie with a dropkick, and Peyton hurries to her BFF. Nikki LEAPS to crossbody them both! The Loony Lass is fired up as we go to break!
Raw returns and Billie has Nikki down in a chinbar. Nikki fights her way up as fans rally. Nikki throws forearms but Billie knees low. Billie then hits Becky down! The IIconics laugh at Becky but Nikki rolls Billie! The ref doesn’t see it and Billie gets free. Billie facelocks Nikki and powers her back, but Nikki powers Billie back the other way! Nikki reaches but Billie headlocks and kicks at Becky. Billie whips Nikki to a corner, but misses! Nikki crawls while Billie tags Peyton. Hot tag to BeckY! Becky rallies on Peyton, leaping forearms from the second rope! Becky hits Billie, too! Boot and kicks to Peyton, then Becksploder suplex! Fans fire up as Becky runs in for the Straight Firearm! And stomps!
The ref stops Becky at the count of 4 but Becky snapmares Peyton. Becky hops up and hits the leg drop! Cover, but Billie drags her off. Billie hits Becky into buckles then BOOTS Nikki down! Peyton bulldogs Becky onto Billie’s knee! Cover, TWO!! The IIconics are furious, but Becky gets Peyton’s arm! Nikki drags Billie down and tackles her! Peyton rolls Becky, TWO! Becky gives Peyton a urenage! Cover, Becky & Nikki wins!
Winners: Becky Lynch & Nikki Cross
But before The Man can celebrate, the Sassy Southern Belle struts out here. Lacey Evans just wants to taunt Becky, and then leaves. Becky reminds Lacey she’s still Raw Women’s Champion, but will Lacey’s Woman’s Right change that?
The Uso Block Party continues!
Tamina returns! But family is family, so all is forgiven. But the #TopGuys, Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson, are here to say they appreciate the class shown from the Usos in inviting them here. First off, no one invited them! But Naomi says this is a party, so there won’t be any brawling. The four need to squash the beef. Dash does, literally. But figuratively, this party should be about being friends. Yes, let’s party. But they spill the chips. Have hot dogs and cool off.
Ricochet VS Cesaro!
The One and Only lost to the Swiss Cyborg last week, but he won’t let that slow him down. He’s 100% now, will it be a different story this week?
The bell rings and Ricochet runs right at Cesaro. He’s put on the buckles but he comes back with headscissors! Cesaro boots but into a roll up, TWO! Cesaro knees and uppercuts Ricochet, but runs into a dropkick-flip and another dropkick! Ricochet aims at Cesaro on the outside, and FLIES! The King of Flight is rolling as we go to break!
Raw returns and Cesaro clubs away on Ricochet’s back. Cesaro is seeing just how healed up Ricochet is as he pulls him backward sin the modified abdominal stretch. Ricochet endures and pops out, then rams his shoulder into Cesaro. Cesaro shakes off the haymakers and shoves, but Ricochet sunset flips. Cesaro stays up and yanks Ricochet up for a deadlift overhead suplex! Cover, TWO! Cesaro drops double stomps! Cover, TWO! Cesaro clubs and chinlocks Ricochet again. Ricochet knees out but gets an elbow drop. Cover, TWO! Cesaro grows frustrated but Ricochet crawls to ropes. Ricochet slowly stands but Cesaro is on him with body shots to the back.
Cesaro shoves but gets an uppercut from Ricochet! Ricochet boots but is blocked! Cesaro yanks Ricochet up but he lands on his feet! Cesaro backslides but Ricochet slips out to SUPERKICK! Ricochet gets up as fans rally behind him. He runs in for a shoulder tackle, then goes to the apron to springboard clothesline! Cover, TWO! Standing Shooting Star! Cover, TWO! Ricochet catches his breath as he works on what to do next. He drags Cesaro around to a drop zone, then climbs up top. But Cesaro intercepts with an uppercut! Cesaro uppercuts Ricochet again, then climbs up top. He lifts but Ricochet fights out! Ricochet somehow lands on the apron to sweep and knee Cesaro back. Cesaro falls, and Ricochet heads back up! Ricochet 630!! Roll through, EUROUPPER!! Cover, TWO!!
Cesaro can’t believe Ricochet survives! He drags Ricochet up to a torture rack, and flips him, but Ricochet looks to huricanrana! Cesaro blocks, but gets a DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!? Ricochet drags himself to ropes, as does Cesaro. Cesaro runs and blasts Ricochet out. But Ricochet handsprings, climbs up to an Electric Chair, and hits a Huricanrana Driver! Cover, Ricochet wins!!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall
The One and Only evens the score with Cesaro! With such innovation, is Ricochet going to find his way to a title?
Samoa Joe appears!
The Samoan Submission Machine comes near the commentary table to tell them and everyone that he knows Rey Mysterio promises to “do the right thing” next week, by relinquishing the WWE United States Championship. Joe will be there, too, to take back what is rightfully his. Will next week’s Raw be the night Mysterio gives up the title?
Raw returns to Corn Holing!
The Usos and The Revival play the game of beanbags. Dash scores big for the #TopGuys! But Jimmy… ties it up! Will this game end on friendly terms?
The Miz speaks.
“There was a time in my life when I would tell all of you that I should be Universal Champion.” Miz thought he just deserved it, but things have changed in his family. He’s closer to his dad than ever before, and the second Miz Baby is going to be another girl. And now it’s time to earn the right to be champion, and it will be AWESOME!
Braun Strowman speaks.
“In just a few moments, you’re going to witness what happens when three superstars willingly get in the ring with the Monster Among Men.” Lashley will #GetTheseHands, Miz gets a congrats on his new baby girl, and Strowman will NOT let Corbin get a title shot. And that match, is next!
WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way Elimination Match: The Miz VS Braun Strowman VS Bobby Lashley VS Baron Corbin!
Only one man will go to Saudi Arabia to challenge the Architect! Will the Monster Among Men end up pulling double duty at Super Showdown? Will the Rocky Mountain Machine be doing a double header instead? Or will the A-Lister have a golden opportunity? “Kansas City’s Favorite Son” might also have a say in this.
Raw returns with the bell, and Corbin and Lashley both rush Strowman. Miz picks his spot to go after Lashley. Strowman brawls with Corbin while Miz gets caught in Lashley’s complete shot. Strowman uppercuts Corbin then clotheslines him out of the ring. Lashley throws Miz out, and now he’s alone with Strowman. A preview of Super Showdown as they two tie up! Lashley headlocks but Strowman powers out. They collide but neither falls. Lashley bumps Strowman then hurdles, but gets caught in Strowman’s hand! He manages to power out, but not for long! Corbin clobbers Strowman to throw hands. He bumps Strowman off the buckles then Lashley joins in to stomp and mug Strowman in the corner.
Corbin and Lashley throw Strowman into the post! But then Miz returns to club away. Miz gives Corbin the backbreaker, and boots Lashley to finish the A-List combination! Fans rally behind Miz as he aims at both men. Miz unleashes the It Kicks! He kicks Corbin, then Lashley, and repeat! Miz prepares the buzzsaw, but misses Corbin! Lashley kicks Miz and Corbin gives Miz a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Lashley and Corbin work together again to mug Miz. Miz grits his teeth as Lashley stands him up for a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Corbin drags Miz up and puts him in a corner. Lashley keeps on Strowman, ramming him into barriers. Corbin hoists Miz up top and throws hands, but Miz fights back.
Miz headbutts Corbin down but Lashley throws hands on Miz. Lashley hops up and Corbin goes after Strowman. Corbin dumps Strowman into the front row but Miz fights Lashley off! Lashley clubs Miz but Miz stays up top. Corbin joins in and they both go up to get Miz. But Strowman joins in, TOWER OF DOOM! He powerbombs and pins Lashley, TWO! Strowman gets up, getting his arms to work. Corbin and Lashley stand but they get a double shotgun from Strowman! Strowman roars and clubs Corbin! Everyone is on the outside, so Strowman starts taking laps! But it’s Lashley who POUNCES Strowman!
Miz kicks Lashley but Corbin clubs Miz. Corbin and Lashley both whip Miz into barriers! They high-five their teamwork as they go back to Strowman. Fans boo as these two mug Strowman. They double suplex him onto the ramp!! The Monster Among Men is down and out while we go to break.
Raw returns and Miz endures more mugging from Corbin and Lashley. Corbin puts Miz in a corner and Corbin throws hands. Miz counter punches! Miz fires off haymakers from both sides! Corbin ducks and rams Miz into buckles! Lashley keeps Strowman down with haymakers while Corbin back suplexes. Miz slips out and rolls Corbin up! TWO, but Miz dumps Corbin out. Lashley runs in and clobbers Miz from behind. Lashley lifts Miz up for the Vertigo Suplex! Cover, TWO! Miz still lives and Lashley is frustrated. Lashley drags Miz up to choke him on the ropes. Lashley holds for as long as he wants, there are no disqualifications. He drags Miz up but Miz hotshots him back. Miz slides under but Lashley drags him up again. Lashley suplexes but Miz slips out, to boot him back.
Lashley runs into counter punches! Miz throws more haymakers from the left and right, then It Kicks in the corner! Miz runs corner to corner, double knees! And again! And then the A-list Lariat! Lashley staggers but Corbin intercepts Miz. Miz hits Corbin, springboards but misses, DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Miz still lives and Corbin is furious! Fans rally as Strowman returns! Strowman rallies on Corbin and Lashley with big hands! And bigger corner splashes! Strowman hits Corbin twice, then Lashley twice! Fans fire up as Strowman takes that lap! Strowman scoops Miz to slam him on the apron, then runs Corbin over! Strowman blasts Corbin into the timekeeper’s area! Lashley dodges and leaps onto Strowman!
Lashley takes aim at Strowman and run, into a scoop! But Lashley escapes, to run back in, only for Strowman to toss him into the crowd! And Strowman pursues! They fight in front of the fans but what about the match? Lashley kicks Strowman but Strowman uppercuts back. Strowman shoves Lashley to the back, leaving Miz all alone. Corbin walks over but gets caught to a cradle! TWO, choke slam to sunset flip! High stack, TWO! Miz fires off kicks fast and furious! Then runs for the double knees! And again! And the A-List, END OF DAYS!! Cover, Corbin wins!?
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall; will face Seth Rollins for the title at Super Showdown
The Monster and the All Mighty eliminated themselves by disappearing, so now the Lone Wolf will be taking on The Architect! But can Corbin take the title from Rollins before The Beast in the Bank does?
Heyman and Lesnar are still backstage on Raw.
What is the point of The Beast hanging out if he decided to take the whole year to decide? Or will he perhaps change his mind before Raw goes off the air?
The Raw Uso Block Party continues!
And just as Jimmy tosses the beanbag, Dawson swats it! That’s illegal corn holing defense, man! The Usos and Revival argue, but Truth runs in! He ain’t here, though, so just- Kalisto rolls Truth! ONE, and Anderson tries! Gallows breaks it !Maverick runs in but is pushed away. EC3 and Eric Young run in, and the party becomes a brawl! Titus wants his second reign, but Truth gets away! The chase continues, but will Truth be caught?
Raw presents a new episode of Firefly Fun House!
Yay~! Bray Wyatt wears a “mask” as he welcomes us to the show. did you enjoy his secret? YES~! He knew he would. That’s “The Fiend.” But don’t worry, he’s a friend! People say and do all sorts of horrible things. It’s hard to find your confidence. It’s hard for Bray to be brave. Especially when he’s alone. But when he puts on the mask, he can be anything he wants to be. Sister Abigail doesn’t get it. He’s just trying to hide that he’s a sicko. He’s not a sicko, Abby. You know that. Is Bray a doctor now? Hmm… Why yes! Dr. Bray says the diagnosis is as he suspected: Abby’s a bully! Boo~! Abby just wants to rest. Never! Abby doesn’t want to be in limbo anymore. Yowie Wowie! Did someone say limbo~?
Fiesta time~! Kids hold up a limbo pole for Bray. He will always light the way. All we have to do is let him in. Bray spider walks to clear the limbo pole. Will you let Bray in?
Raw presents the premiere of Corey Graves’s new talk show!
Nothing is going to be off limits in… The Electric Chair! Sami Zayn heads out to be the first ever guest! Who will get their questions answered, after the break?
Raw returns and Corey Graves joins Sami in the ring. There is no bigger challenge than the truth. And sitting in the Electric Chair, the superstars must answer the questions. The WWE Universe will get to ask Sami whatever they want! Charly Caruso finds a fans to ask a question. Eric of Kansas asks Sami something quite simple: When will he retire? Sami answers with his own question: Are his parents related? This is Kansas City, right? Charly finds Izzy, and asks if Sami misses the Ginger Snaps from Mixed Match Challenge? You mean, teaming with Becky Lynch? Izzy says, “Duh~!” Where are her parents? They did a terrible job. And he’s not joking. She has no manners. Corey wants to move on, but Sami wants to know if Izzy means Becky, or Seth.
Moving on, Mike asks, “How does it feel when Strowman destroys you?” Sami would rather get out of this chair, go over the rail and punch Mike in the face. Mike doesn’t scare Sami, but the only reason Smai doesn’t do this is because we’re in America. If Sami obliterated Mike, Mike wouldn’t fight back, he’d just use litigation because it’s what Americans do. Sami also wont’ do it, because Mike would be in crippling debt from poor healthcare. Sami is disappointed. Fans could ask all these other personal questions, like his love life. He’s a very tender lover, by the way.
Moving on, Thomas asks Sami about his plans for the Universal Champion. Sami hopes fans step the questions up. Sami could go after the title, but he’s not interested. He’d rather hold fans accountable for their crap. They could be asking him anything, like about A E W!! GASP~! Okay, Sami did mention Rollins before, so hypothetically speaking, if Sami had that match, how does that go? Well here comes Seth Rollins! Rollins gets in the ring but Sami gets right out. Rollins takes the electric chair and chucks it! He dares Sami to make a move, but they’ll be having a match after the break!
Seth Rollins VS Sami Zayn!
Raw returns and the bell rings on this impromptu match. Sami runs away from Rollins to focus himself. We check backstage, and yes, Lesnar is still here. Rollins wants Sami to get back in the ring, but will he still have to worry about the Beast in the Bank?
Sami finally does return to the ring, and he circles with Rollins. They go around but Sami ducks back out. Rollins doesn’t wait this time, he chases Sami around the ring. They go back inside and Sami headlocks. Rollins powers out and things speed up. Rollins elbows Sami down! He keeps on Sami with CHOPS in the corner! Rollins throws Sami back out, and Sami bumps barriers. Rollins CHOPS Sami again! He pushes Sami around and bumps him off more barriers. Rollins puts Sami in the ring but Sami flounders right back out. Rollins goes out and runs him over! Fans cheer Rollins as the ring count climbs. Rollins puts Sami back in and Sami calls for a timeout. Rollins doesn’t give Sami that, and goes after the fingers!
Sami endures as Rollins twists and pulls and brings Sami to the mat. Sami avoids the cover as Rollins tortures his wrist. Rollins has Sami in a corner and he stomps away. The ref backs Rollins off but Rollins goes back for more. The ref again pulls Rollins off, and Sami sucker punches Rollins! Sami throws more hands and has Rollins reeling. He clubs away but now the ref backs Sami off at 4. Rollins gets to a corner, and Sami brings him out for haymakers. Sami knees low then knocks Rollins down. He puts Rollins right in a thrashing chinlock. Fans rally for Rollins and Rollins fights his way up. But Sami wrangles Rollins down by pulling hair and tights. Sami keeps on Rollins but fans rally again. Rollins fights his way up but Sami body shots and whips. Sami clotheslines then covers, TWO!
Sami keeps his cool as he looms over Rollins. He brings Rollins up for many kicks to the face! Sami grins as fans boo and jeer, and he drags Rollins back up. He throws more hands but Rollins CHOPS back! Sami kicks and punches Rollins to the ropes then whips, to clothesline Rollins down! Cover, ONE! Sami keeps on Rollins, kicking him while he’s down. Fans rally again as Sami toys with Rollins. Rollins grits his teeth as Sami CHOPS him to ropes. Sami whips but Rollins dodges and clotheslines Sami down! Rollins kicks Sami out of the ring, then goes after him on the outside. But Sami shove shim into a post! The Architect is down while we go to break!
Raw returns once more as Sami drives elbows into Rollins’ face. Sami pulls hair but stops at 4. Fans rally up for Rollins as Sami stalks him. Sami punches away but Rollins punches back. They punch back and forth but Sami kicks low and snap suplexes. Cover, TWO! Rollins grits his teeth as Sami brings him back up. Sami suplexes but Rollins slips out to a waistlock. Sami standing switches but so does Rollins. They keep going back and forth, Sami elbows out but gets a SUPERKICK! Both men are down, but Rollins stirs. Fans fire up as Rollins gets to his feet. Rollins throws hands on Sami, then CHOPS. He CHOPS and forearms then whips. Sami reverses but Rollins dodges to Slingblade! Rollins boots Sami from the corner then hops up, for a BLOCKBUSTER!
But Sami rolls out! Rollins misses his chance to cover, but he takes aim… to DIVE! Direct hit takes Sami down! But Rollins won’t stop there, he DIVES to hit Sami again! Rollins gets up and hobbles a little. But he’s still good to continue, and he drags Sami into the ring. Rollins kicks and is on one leg as he powerbomb lifts. But the leg gives out! Sami DDT’s Rollins down! Cover, TWO!! Rollins lives and Sami is growing frustrated. Rollins drags himself to ropes and fans check on the leg. But Sami goes after it! Rollins kicks him away, then buckle shots Sami down! Fans fire up as Rollins mule kicks Sami! Rollins gets back up, gets that leg moving, and goes for the stomp! Sami dodges and trips Rollins up, Figure Four!!
Rollins endures leg pain but works against the hold. Sami cranks back but Rollins refuses to quit. Rollins works to turn the hold over! Sami resists, but Rollins gets it over! Sami endures and gets the ropebreak! Rollins and Sami untangle but the damage has been done to both men. Sami stands first and drags Rollins from the ropes. Rollins lands on his feet, but the bad leg slows him down! Sami wants Blue Thunder but Rollins fights out, PELE! Ripcord but the knee misses, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sami is beside himself over Rollins’ resilience. Sami stalks Rollins and drags him up to SLAP away! He then hoists Rollins up top and climbs. Fans rally as Rollins resists! Rollins headbutts Sami down!
Rollins adjusts, and on one leg, FROG SPLASH! Onto knees! Sami covers Rollins, TWO!! Sami is at his wit’s end, despite Rollins still suffering leg pain. Fans rally as Sami toys and slaps Rollins. Sami haymakers, but Rollins haymakers back! They hit harder and faster! Rollins gets the edge, but Sami gets the leg! Sami trips Rollins but Rollins shoves him out. Rollins sees Sami come back, CURB STOMP!! But he can’t make the cover! Rollins grits his teeth, he aims at Sami. He shouts, “This is my life!!” He gets to a corner, takes aim again, CURB STOMP AGAIN! Cover, Rollins wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
The Beastslayer is still going, but that leg could be a new target in itself. Will Rollins make it to Super Showdown to face Baron Corbin? Or will Lesnar use next Raw to strike?
I’ll just say it here to start: Raw was a disappointment. While WWE doesn’t have to acknowledge things outside of WWE, the entire wrestling community knows a big event just happened over the weekend. And yet, this is the Raw Vince thought he should respond with? Even if AEW Double or Nothing didn’t happen, this is not the Raw to continue with on the way to anything, regardless of your feelings toward WWE Super Showdown being another Saudi Arabia show. This was as if Vince literally stretched a two hour show into a three hour one! We started strong with Kofi and Rollins demanding Lesnar choose, but him joking around and Rollins being upset, and even Ziggler attacking here tonight. But that went almost immediately downhill when we had segment, commercial, repeat!
Raw could’ve trimmed the fat and had one big brawl where Kofi gets attacked, Xavier fights Ziggler, Ziggler gets the upperhand but Kofi returns. Then have Ziggler give his promo as he retreats to the stage. Done, move on to a match. Which, the first match was as the fans said: awful. Shane fighting a jobber was gonna be obvious, but I’m not even sure Lance Anoa’i is a real Anoa’i. But obviously it was all to make this personal with Roman, the same as when Vince was “holding Roman down” and bringing up Roman’s family. Pretty sure this means Roman wins at Super Showdown, but I fear we’ll be getting three more segments of them between now and then. And things weren’t made much better when Lesnar returned, only to “realize” there was no rush, thereby swerving us all again.
At least the real matches we got were good. Lynch & Cross VS IIconics was good, and apparently Becky has three finishers: Disarm-Her, Straight Fire Legdrop, and the “Man-Handled” urenage slam. I suppose that’s a sign she’s truly a star in Vince’s eyes. If John Cena has the AA and the STF, Becky can at least have a submission and standing finisher for her moveset. Lacey is obviously up for another Raw Women’s title shot again, by the virtue of her showing up to annoy Becky. Meanwhile, it doesn’t sound like Raw has a single women’s tag team to challenge the IIconics with at this point. Unless Naomi and Tamina are reuniting, given that Usos Block Party moment. Ricochet VS Cesaro was amazing, I really hope the third time around has something at stake, it’s really worthy of that to me.
The Block Party segments were alright, keeps this Revival VS Usos rivalry going without a match. But obviously the best part was that R-Truth crashes the party with his 24/7 Championship and the superstars chasing him. Truth is still great as champion just on his comedy skills, but I’m not sure how much longer it can go before it gets stale. He might have to drop it just so he can do a string of gags as the hunter and not the hunted. The Raw Tag Team Division really needs something, too. Like, oh I dunno, Vince getting out of the way. But until then, it seems like Hawkins & Ryder can just extend the length of their reign without even working.
I don’t get the point of saying the Fatal 4 Way was an Elimination Match if it wasn’t even going to go the distance. Strowman VS Lashley was apparently going to happen either way, too, so Vince really just got himself all turned around. Corbin winning is fine, because he’ll get his shot we all thought was at Extreme Rules out of the way now at Super Showdown, which is really just WWE Filler the PPV anyway. But Vince is already overusing the tease of Lesnar being a threat. Lesnar said he’d use the whole year to decide, why have him backstage still? The Firefly Fun House helped give some understanding to Bray’s new persona, but I just want to see him and “The Fiend” in action already.
I have no idea what to make of “The Electric Chair.” Is this really going to be a talk show segment for the third hour? I did appreciate some of the questions in this segment, because it seemed like it was all shoot. Sami got to show some Heel improv skills, and as I alluded to, they didn’t have to mention AEW, but maybe that’s just Vince weirdly saying he’s not concerned. Which might be a bad thing, because this is the Raw we got because of it. Obviously Sami was meant to find a way to steer things towards Rollins so they could have a match. The match was great, though Lesnar cashing in here would’ve probably salvaged a lot of the crap we waded through to get to the end. But Rollins wins, even with a bad leg that is hopefully more of an exaggeration from good selling.
My Score: 7/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/24/19)
Is the One and Only better than Phenomenal?
It’s the Raw After Stomping Grounds!
Raw wants to kick ass and take names, too! The NEW United States Champion takes on some Phenomenal competition for the first time ever! Plus, Shane McMahon proves to be the Best Sore Loser in the World as he demands a handicap rematch with Roman Reigns!
- 8 Man Tag Elimination Match: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions & The Revival VS The Usos & The New Day; win.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Drake Maverick; Truth wins and retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns; No Contest.
- Tug of War: Bobby Lashley VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins.
- The Good Brothers VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
- Mojo Rawley VS Heath Slater; Slater wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Heath Slater VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth VS Cedric Alexander; Alexander wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Cedric Alexander VS EC3; EC3 wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: EC3 VS R-Truth w/ Carmella; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Kofi Kingston VS Sami Zayn; Kingston wins.
- Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens; Kingston wins.
- Naomi VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross; Bliss wins.
- Naomi & Natalya VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross; Bliss & Cross win.
- Ricochet VS AJ Styles; Styles wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw opens with Seth Freakin’ Rollins!
And he is still WWE Universal Champion, even after Baron Corbin’s clever ruse. The Lone Wolf tried using a Lady to get in between Rollins and his title, but it was thanks to The Man that things didn’t go their way. Rollins and Becky Lynch made sure Corbin and Lacey Evan got what they deserved, and the two stood tall to end Stomping Grounds. And he’s all smiles as fans chant “Burn It Down!” Rollins picks up a mic to talk about last night. “Last night at Stomping Grounds, right down the road at Tacoma, Baron Corbin thought he was going to take this title from me.” But here comes The Man! And still Raw Women’s Champion! Becky joins her beau in the ring to stand side-by-side with him.
Fans cheer but Rollins is a bit surprised. Rollins says Becky interrupted him. She did? She did. But before getting into this, Rollins gives Baron Corbin some credit. Sounds crazy, but he was smart to admit he couldn’t out wrestle or out fight him, so he got a ref Rollins couldn’t hurt and who would do anything she could to stick it to Rollins. But Corbin wasn’t smart enough to realize that he has “the best back-up on the planet.” It pays to be The Man’s Man. And when it came to last night, they proved why they’re both the champions of their divisions. Lacey lost but had to come out and tried to steal a title. But The Man came around to slap Lacey’s empty head off its shoulders. But here comes Baron Corbin himself now!
And Lacey attacks from behind!! Lacey is all over Becky but Becky turns it around! Rollins pulls Becky off Lacey but Becky gets mad at him! And then goes back to hitting Lacey! Corbin finally appears but Rollins is right on him, Slingblade! Becky stops stomping Lacey long enough for a Becksploder! Corbin’s plans fail again! The Man and her Man stand tall with their titles, but Corbin says fans SHOULD chant for Becky. She saved Rollins and that title! Rollins should just give Becky his boat, then fly home to put on an apron and make dinner for The Man, since she’s the real bread winner! Lacey agrees, Becky should get her girl on out of here before Lacey puts her hands on him again.
Corbin says Becky is the only reason he isn’t Universal Champion! And he chose Lacey because she’s the only real woman on Raw! He’d even take her in a mixed tag match against The Man and Rollins anytime, anywhere. Lacey agrees! That should be at Extreme Rules. Well if those two dopes are that desperate for getting their heads stomped and arms ripped off, fine. But on one condition: if Corbin and Lacey lose, that’s it! No more matches with either of them ever again! Corbin and Lacey talk it over, and accept. And then they raise it! Oh well their ideas seem to be working out so well. Rollins doesn’t even care what the challenge is, he accepts it! Well he should’ve cared, because BOTH titles are on the line! Will this unique mixed tag championship match be as extreme as it is historic?
8 Man Tag Elimination Match: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions & The Revival VS The Usos & The New Day!
Washington is still Daniel Bryan Country! The SmackDown and Raw Tag Team Champions combine forces to take on respective challengers as Jimmy & Jey join forces with Big E & Xavier Woods! Will Dash & Dawson help Bryan & Rowan restore the prestige to WWE’s tag team division? Or will they be no match for positivity and the penitentiary?
Raw returns as the #TopGuys make their entrance, followed by The New Day! Usos break it down: champions VS challengers! “The Little Rascals” and “Spongebob and Patrick” team up but they’ll get locked down! But in this elimination match, once one member of a duo is eliminated, so is his partner! Who will end up at a major disadvantage first?
Teams sort out and Bryan starts against Woods. Woods doesn’t mind that the fans cheer for Bryan, but then Scott Dawson tags in on his own. Dawson says it’s okay, he’ll get this done. He nudges Bryan but Bryan pushes back. Dawson and Woods tie up, and Dawson gets a headlock takeover. Woods gets up and powers Dawson. Tag to Big E and Big E runs Dawson over! Woods holds Dawson in place for Big E’s SPLASH, with a leg drop added! Cover, TWO! Big E keeps on Dawson and whips to scoop. But Dawson slips out and tags Rowan. Big E suplexes Dawson but gets run over by Rowan! Rowan hits Woods and then throws Big E with a sit-out urenage! The Usos come in but get sent out by Rowan alone! Big Red Splash FLOPS!
Fans rally and Bryan tags in, as does Woods. Woods dodges, slides, and mule kicks. Woods whips Bryan but Bryan goes up and over to then run and leaping lariat! Washington fires up as Bryan clotheslines Woods out. The Revival cheer Bryan, too, as he DIVES to hit- Dawson!? Woods got clear, but then he runs into Bryan’s forearm! Bryan climbs up fast, leaps, missile dropkick hits! Kip-up and fire up! Bryan aims at Woods, to give him Yes Kicks! He aims the buzzsaw but misses! Woods waistlocks but Bryan standing switches to roll up! TWO, and Dash uppercuts Bryan!? Woods rolls Bryan up, The New Day ELIMINATE The Planet’s Tag Team Champions! The Revival’s pettiness may have just cost them!
Dawson goes at Woods but Woods reverses the whip. Dash tags in and Dawson puts Woods out. Woods hits Dash back then kicks Dawson. Woods springboards, into a SHATTER MACHINE! The Revival ELIMINATE The New Day!! Things are evened up in a blink of an eye! Will the Usos be able to avenge the New Day after the break?
Raw returns as The Usos DOUBLE FLY! They take out both Dash & Dawson! They throw hands then put Dash in. Dawson runs but gets a double back drop! Fans rally for the Usos but Dash puts Jey on the apron. Jey kicks back then climbs up for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Dash flounders but blocks Jey’s kick, and ducks the dragon whip! Jimmy tags in and Jey reverses the whip, Samoan Drop neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Dash keeps The Revival alive, but Jimmy keeps moving. Jimmy climbs but Dash springs up. Jimmy jumps over and Dash hits Jey, only to gt a SUPERKICK! Then Jimmy pop, lock and uppercuts! He ducks the clothesline but leaps into Dash’s powerslam! Cover, TWO! Dash grows furious that Jimmy survives!
Fans rally up as Dash and Jimmy are on the apron. Dash throws hands and pulls off Jimmy’s shirt to CHOP him. Jimmy headbutts back! Jimmy gets in but his superkick is countered to an Electric Chair! Dawson tags in and climbs up top, Electric Chair Bulldog! Cover, TWO!! Dawson argues with the ref, but two is two. Dawson stomps Jimmy but fans rally up. Jimmy counter punches but Dawson shoves him away. Dawson blocks the kick but still gets the dragon whip! Jimmy climbs up but Dawson stops him with a forearm! Dawson climbs up but Jey tags in. Dawson punched Jey down and calls for Dash. Dash climbs the other corner, but Jey shoves Dash down! Jey climbs up on Dash, SUPERPLEX from Dawson to Jimmy, but Jey SPLASHES down! Cover, The Usos win!
Winners: The New Day & The Usos, Jey Uso pinning
The Usos win it for their team, but most importantly, this means they beat the Raw Tag Team Champions! Will Jimmy & Jey head to Extreme Rules with a championship match on the card?
Raw found Braun Strowman warming up for his Tug of War match.
The Monster Among Men has already proven he’s strong enough to flip a semi truck, but now he shows that he can tow one, too! That’s roughly 8 tons! Can Bobby Lashley stand against such strength?
Raw presents Miz TV!
The Most Must-See WWE Talk Show returns, and his guests are at the center of the most exciting title chase in recent history: The WWE 24/7 Championship! Yes, it is Carmella and R-Truth! The Fabulous Princess walks out with the now 7-time champion, but Miz assures him the interview is a pause on the 24/7 rules. In just a month, this WWE 24/7 Championship has led mobs of superstars all over the world, from a golf course, a tarmac, on an airplane over the Red Sea, and perhaps wildest of all, Drake Maverick’s wedding. Miz shares the YouTube footage from over the weekend, and poor Maverick having his special day ruined with a roll-up.
Back in the present, Miz is shocked! A wedding? Really? Really! This old gag returns after however long. And the fans support it? Yes! Truth thanks them! But he explains to Miz that the 48/7 European TV Championship “ain’t no joke, bruh!” Truth has been barely able to eat, drink or be merry, “if you know what I mean.” He can’t go shopping, he can’t go to picnics, without looking over his shoulder. Truth even has WWE Superstars showing up at his house! Dressing like police, “Sir! Please turn your music down! Your car is on fire!” Yeah right. Truth’s smarter than that. Carmella translates that while the wedding crashing was extreme, the title is that important to him. Wait, here comes Drake Maverick!
A dejected Rockstar Spud says winning that title was the biggest moment of his career, and his wedding was supposed to be the biggest moment of his life, and Truth ruined both of them! His new wife won’t talk to him or go on their honeymoon. And that means they haven’t… “consummated the marriage!” Fiber’s good for that. No, Truth, not constipated… Fans chant “Constipation!” Maverick talks man to man with Truth, asking for a rematch. No shenanigans, just a straight up match right here and now on Raw, to see if Maverick can win back the love of his back. Yeah, let him win his wife back. No, the title!!
Miz is getting information in his ear. If Truth accepts, then it is with a ban from ringside for anyone else. Fans want to see it! Truth accepts Hornswoggle’s challenge! Miz shouts for a ref, and we’ll get this after the break!
WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Drake Maverick!
Raw returns as the bell rings, and Maverick fires off on Truth! Truth shoves Maverick away and hits the Lie Detector! Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; still WWE 24/7 Champion
Well that didn’t last long. Surely Maverick was still hungover from the reception. But now that the match is over, the floodgates open!! Truth doesn’t see it in time, and now he’s surrounded! He manages to knock down EC3 and a few others, then ducks Gran Metalik’s springboard dropkick! Truth kicks Metalik and throws him out onto his amigos! But No Way Jose slips in! Truth avoids the roll-up, but not the NEURALIZER! Cedric Alexander covers, but No Way Jose breaks it up!
Alexander and Jose brawl but the Lucha House Party piles on. Truth and Carmella retreat through the WWE Universe! Truth has the title now, but will he finish Raw with it?
As for Maverick, he stands up, but is clearly distraught. Charly Caruso gets in the ring to ask him about this tough week. Where does he go from here? (Other than just staying 205 Live GM) He can’t really bring the words out, so he simply takes his leave.
Lacey and Corbin talk backstage.
She wants to be Raw Women’s Champion, so he better- Yes, he knows. Rollins has been a thorn in Corbin’s side, too. Coribn will enjoy stomping Rollins out. They need to keep their heads in the game. Rollins is treated like he’s Superman, but Superman has his kryptonite. And for Rollins, it’s Becky. Take her out then they’ll both get the titles. And they might even be a power couple of their own.
2v1 Handicap Match: Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns!
The Best in the World couldn’t screw The Big Dog out of a Stomping Grounds victory, so now he and the Scottish Terminator try again together! Can Roman again rise up and defy the odds? Or is this deck finally stacked enough to stop him?
Wait, Shane makes sure it is clear this is the kind of Handicap Match with no tagging! Now Roman really will have to overcome both Shane and McIntyre at the same time. He doesn’t seem to care as he makes his entrance, though. Roman uppercuts Shane the second he gets in the ring! The bell rings and McIntyre throws Roman in a corner! McIntyre clubs away on Roman and throws in big knees. Roman hits back with big hands of his own, until McIntyre shoves him away. Roman clotheslines McIntyre out but Shane comes back with body shots! But Roman backs Shane into a corner and rams his shoulder in! BIG uppercut! But McIntyre drags Roman out to throw him into barriers! And then more barriers! And then the steel steps!
Shane joins McIntyre on the outside to stomp Roman. McIntyre drags Roman to bounce him off the base steps! And then picks up the other steps while Shane holds Roman up. Shane feeds Roman to McIntyre’s step battering ram! McIntyre drags Roman into the ring and both he and Shane stalk Roman. Fans duel as McIntyre sits Roman up for Shane’s kick! Shane kicks Roman more then McIntyre stomps him. McIntyre drags Roman up, and Shane whips Roman into a CLAYMORE! But that’s not enough for Shane, he has McIntyre bring Roman up again. McIntyre whips Roman at Shane, for Shane’s SPEAR! Shane again steals Roman’s move, but Shane still won’t end it. He has McIntyre take aim again, for a second CLAYMORE!
And that’s still not enough! Shane climbs to a corner while McIntyre holds Roman, but a gong!? The lights go down, and then come back on, with The UNDERTAKER! He catches Shane, for a CHOKE SLAM! Taker boots McIntyre then fires off fast hands in the corner! Taker DECKS McIntyre, then clotheslines him out! Shane staggers up, but Taker clotheslines Shane out! The Deadman just saved Roman Reigns from Shane and McIntyre! Fans are thunderous as Taker slashes the throat, eyes rolled back. Taker strikes his famous pose and the dark light shines! Is Taker here to finally end The Best in the World?
Tug of War: Bobby Lashley VS Braun Strowman!
The Monster Among Men won an arm wrestling contest, which Lashley took very sorely. Then Strowman beat Lashley at Super Showdown, which Lashley also took sorely. But now the Rocky Mountain Machine wants to see just how strong Strowman truly is in this old school test! Lashley used a telephone pole for his training, and tore the rope apart! Will that happen to this rope here tonight? Or will one titan fall to the other before that happens?
Fans fire up as each man goes to their corner. They chant “Get These Hands!” as each man straps in. The ribbon is centered with the red line, and the bell rings! Lashley gets an early advantage, but Strowman holds tight. Strowman digs in so hard, the mat carpet is coming up! Strowman is mere inches from the red line, but he grins! Was he toying with Lashley!? Strowman reels Lashley all the way over!
Winner: Braun Strowman
But Lashly is again a sore loser as he goes after Strowman with clubbing hands and stomps! Lashley throws Strowman into a post! Then he grab the rope to pull Strowman back! The rope blinds Strowman as it goes across his eyes! Lashley finally lets go, and Strowman slumps out of the ring. But Lashley isn’t done, he goes out and runs around the corner, only for Strowman to BLAST him off his feet! Lashley gets up to blast Strowman into barriers! Lashley boasts like he won, but he still hasn’t beat Strowman in a match. Will he change that the next time these two meet?
Backstage interview with AJ Styles.
The Phenomenal One is cleared to compete, and he’s ready to go! But as great as rehab was, why is he after Ricochet so soon? Because sitting at home was killing him. But now there’s a new WWE United States Champion. The match Ricochet had with Samoa Joe was so incredible- Wait why is No Way Jose’s music playing? Styles sees Gallows and Anderson in the conga line!! They’re just partying, good brother. But what about preparing for the Viking Raiders?! Oh AJ, it ain’t nothing but a G&A Thing. They’ve talked about this!
No, he talked about this. They’re still at the top of their game. Like when they lost to the Usos? Come on! Where is the NJPW Gallows & Anderson? The Club!! Where are the former Raw Tag Team Champions? What happened? Well what happened to Styles!? Gallows calms Anderson, and vows they will take the fight to the Raiders.
The Good Brothers VS The Viking Raiders!
Both these teams held gold while in NJPW, but it seems only one team has held onto that mean streak that made them champions. Can Gallows and Anderson bring back the Doc and Machine Gun? Or will Erik & Ivar put them through a Viking Experience they’ll never forget?
Raw returns as Gallows and Anderson watch the Raiders make their entrance. The bell rings and Gallows goes right at Ivar! He kicks Ivar and throws body shots in the corner. Then a big uppercut! Gallows brings Ivar over and tags Anderson to mug Ivar. But Ivar kicks and clubs Anderson back, then tags in Erik. Ivar scoop slams Anderson, then Erik scoop slams Ivar onto Anderson! Erik stalks Anderson to a corner and whips him corner to corner. Anderson reverses but Erik goes up and over, only to get a BIG lariat! Anderson grits his teeth as he rains down rights on Erik! He lets up at the ref’s count but brings Erik over to tag Gallows. The Club whips Erik and Gallows kicks low. Anderson clubs Erik down for Gallows to drive elbows into. Gallows then clamps on a chinlock to thrash Erik around.
Styles watches backstage and likes what he sees from his boys. Erik powers up as fans rally, and he fights out of the hold. Erik shoves but Gallows YAKUZA Kicks! Then Gallows uppercuts Ivar! Tag to Anderson, fireman’s carry, Boot of Doom! Cover, TWO! Erik survives but Anderson scowls. Anderson rains down more hands, but stops to soak up the heat. They want Styles to see this. But Erik forearms Anderson down! Tag to Ivar and Ivar runs Anderson over! Ivar hits Gallows back, but misses in the corner, to still give Anderson a seated senton! Gallows runs in but Ivar cartwheels to clotheslines Gallows out! Ivar builds speed and Erik tags in, Ivar DIVES into Gallows! Erik has Anderson, THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Erik pinning
And Styles is disappointed all over again. What will it take for The Club to get back on track?
Nikki Cross finds Alexa Bliss backstage.
The Goddess is clearly upset, and Nikki apologizes. Alexa isn’t mad at her, she just isn’t sure what they could do different. Nikki still takes the blame, so Alexa says they can just use that as motivation. Bayley is just that good at manipulating people. But there has to be a way to get a rematch. Yeah, they need a plan. But Alexa needs to be alone for that, so Nikki scoots away. Does Alexa already have that plan in motion?
Raw returns and Nikki ends up encountering Naomi and Natalya.
They aren’t sure how to say this, but Nikki being friends with Alexa Bliss, something is up. Alexa is not very trustworthy. Nikki sees the best in people, but they’ve seen the worst in Alexa. Yes, Nikki knows Alexa’s past but- Alexa comes by and asks what’s going on. Is Nikki betraying her with this “neon Bayley buddy”? That’s Ms. Neon to Alexa. Natty and Nikki try to keep the peace but Naomi says Nikki will just have to learn the hard way. As for Alexa, she’s gonna #FeelTheGlow the hard way. Will Naomi and Natty be able to shine some light on Alexa’s true colors?
Mojo Rawley VS Heath Slater!
We all know Heath’s got kids, and needs the money, but is taking on a shattered Mojo really the way to go about it?
But wait, the WWE 24/7 Champion returns! As does the horde of superstars chasing him! Truth gets in the ring, but now he’s a target of them as much as he others! Slater keeps out the mob but Mojo points out Kalisto. Truth sends Kalisto FLYING onto the group! And then Mojo goes after Truth! Truth dumps Mojo out but Slater hits a neckbreaker on Truth! Cover, SLATER WINS!!
Winner: Heath Slater, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
What a crazy turn of events! Slater’s got championship money coming tonight, baby! But wait, that means he’s the new target! EC3 drags him out, but Slater ducks to send EC3 into Mojo! #RunHeathRun! But wait, he ends up back in the ring as he fights of Eric Young and Titus O’Neil! Truth is waiting, LIE DETECTOR! Cover, Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
Simply incredible! Raw has seen three WWE 24/7 Championship matches in one night!! Truth is now an 8-time champion, but the chase doesn’t stop! Cedric Alexander returns outta nowhere, to hit a LUMBAR CHECK! Cover, Alexander wins!!
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
This is the busiest this title has been in its one month of existing! The Soul of 205 Live finally has a title on Raw, but now he has to run away with it! Alexander dodges Mojo but EC3 hits the Top One Percent! Cover, EC3 wins!!
Winner: EC3, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
Ethan Carter III finally gets himself a title! But then Carmella just steals the belt?! That’s not a valid title change! But then Truth rolls EC3 up! Truth wins again!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
NINE TIMES! Truth is a NINE TIME WWE 24/7 Champion! The chase is on again, will there be even more title changes before Raw is over?
Backstage interview with WWE United States Champion, Ricochet!
The One and Only has his first title in the WWE, and it’s still surreal to him. But Ricochet knows it is a feeling he doesn’t want to let go. He will do what he can to keep this title and this feeling. It may be cliche to say, but it did take the support of his family, friends and fans to get him here. But that was Stomping Grounds. Tonight, he faces a wrestler who he has admired his entire career in AJ Styles. Styles is a trailblazer for those who aren’t the biggest but they are the most determined. Ricochet will prove to Styles and himself that he is worthy of holding this title. Will the King of Flight fly higher than ever before here tonight?
Kofi Kingston VS Sami Zayn w/ Kevin Owens!
Kofimania lives on! And he did it by falling with style as he literally leaped over Dolph Ziggler to escape the cage. Charly interviews Kofi in the ring to congratulate him again on his victory. But before she can ask anything more, Sami Zayn interrupts! He and Kevin say the softball journalism is just wasting our time. Luckily, he and Kevin came prepared. Kevin has some real questions so “Not Renee” can just leave. Time for an impromptu edition of the Sami & Kevin show! Let’s see if Kofi can keep up.
Question 1: Why is Kofi here? 2: Who does Kofi think he is? 3: Why doesn’t he just get the hell out of here?! Kofi asks them something back. Does Kevin not see the giant zit that’s bleeding? Kofi can see it all the way from the ring. Sami asks why Kofi is such a “paper champion”? Why is it that Kofi’s identity as champion is “guy that gets help from his friends?” AKA Big E and Xavier Woods, who lost to Kevin and Sami! So why does Kofi use his friends? Hey, just because the best frenemies are always on and off, doesn’t mean everyone does that, too. Kofi, Xavier and Big E are brothers! This bond can’t be broken!
And not winning by himself? But didn’t he beat Kevin at MITB by himself? And Kofi beat Ziggler by himself in that cage match. And just like that, Kofi will beat “Sam Zayn” by himself. Wow. The arrogance. “I did it all by myself!” Classic delusions of grandeur by Sami’s estimation. Sami will give Kofi a reality check! It isn’t about ego, it’s about perseverance! The WWE Championship isn’t just about Kofi but about the fans. And to be honest, Kofi is getting tired of Sami talking. So Sami should just come and get another Trouble in Paradise courtesy of THE W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, Champion, BABYYYYYY~! Kofi is ready, but is Sami ready?
Raw returns with the bell and Kofi circles with Sami. Kevin cheers Sami on as he wristlocks Kofi. Kofi rolls and handsprings to wrench back. Kofi picks a leg and drops a splash! Cover, TWO! Sami gets to the ropes and apron. Kevin comes by to check on Sami as he gets back in. Fans rally for Kofi but Kevin tries to start a Sami chant. Kofi and Sami tie up and Kofi waistlocks to a headlock. Sami pulls hair but the ref reprimands him. Sami throws body shots and haymakers, but lets up at the ref’s count of 4. Kevin cheers but fans boo as Sami comes back for more. Sami CHOPS Kofi then bumps him off buckles. Fans rally for Kofi but Sami whips Kofi corner to corner. Sami runs in but Kofi elbows him away. Kofi slips out and kicks Sami away, then springboards for ax handles!
Kofi rallies with chops and a dropkick! He keeps moving to leaping lariat Sami down! Fans fire up as Kofi hits the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi makes sure Kevin is watching as he aims from the corner. Kevin warns Sami, and Sami ducks the Truoble to roll Kofi up! TWO, but Sami kicks Kofi back down. Kevin argues with the ref but Sami throws hands on Kofi. Sami whips Kofi corner to corner, but Kofi springboards to dropkick Sami down! Sami rolls to ropes again, but Kofi is on him with another whip. Kofi jumps but Sami bails out. Sami regroups with Kevin, but Kofi slides out. Sami dodges and hotshots Kofi down! Kevin gets cheap shots in! And then jogs away to get away with it. Sami goes out to fetch Kofi into the ring as Kevin applauds.
Sami stalks Kofi and rains down hands into Kofi’s head. He wraps Kofi in a chinlock but fans rally up. Kofi gets up and fights out but Sami punches him back. Sami whips and runs Kofi over with forearms! Sami toys with Kofi and brings him up for more hands. He whips Kofi but Kofi clotheslines Sami back! Fans rally up as Kofi slowly stands. KOfi counter punches Sami and backs him down. Kofi whips but Sami reverses to kick and punch Kofi back down. Saim runs but Kofi leaps on him! Kofi rains down furious rights! Then runs back in, but gets an exploder into buckles! Kevin shouts for Sami to cover and Sami does, TWO! Sami and Kevin grow frustrated but Sami keeps on Kofi in the corner.
Sami hoists Kofi up top but Kofi fights back! Kofi then adjusts and leaps, but Sami gets clear. Kofi lands on his feet but gets a Michinoku Driver! Cover, TWO! Sami and Kevin are shocked that Kofi survives! But Sami aims and runs corner to corner, to get leaping double stomps! Fans rally up again and Kofi runs at Sami, but is put on the apron. Kofi punches back then springboards, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Kofi survives again and Sami grows frustrated. Sami drags Kofi up, waistlocks, but Kofi resists the lift. Kofi punches away on Sami, but Sami reels him in, Blue Thunder gets a sunset flip counter! Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall
Sami and Kevin are stunned! Kofi proves he can get it done on his own, but Kevin gets on the mic. If Kofi thinks he’s so great, then he needs to prove it more! Have a match with Kevin Owens, right here and now! Kofi considers it, and figures why not! Kofi goes back to the ring for another match! Is he going to complete the sweep after the break?
Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens w/ Sami Zayn!
Raw returns as Kofimania goes for a double header! The bell rings and Sami distracts! Kofi falls for it, and gets a SUPERKICK from Kevin! Kevin hurries up top, SWANTON onto knees! Kofi saves himself there and Kevin goes to the corner. Kofi and Kevin both stand, SUPERKICK! Kevin covers, TWO! Kevin grimaces as he drags Kofi up, and whips him, to a Pop-up, but Kofi slips out! Kofi sends Kevin out but Kevin drags Kofi out. Kevin kicks and prepares a bomb, but Kofi back drops Kevin down! Both men are down and crawling around while Sami lurks nearby. Kofi runs at Kevin but is sent into the barriers! Kevin runs at Kofi but gets an SOS to the ramp! Both men are down again but Kofi crawls to the ring.
Kofi gets in at 9, Kevin is down! The count hits 10, and Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by count-out
But Sami is right on Kofi! Kofi throws Sami out and Sami is with Kevin, as Kofi FLIES!! Kofi still has so much left despite all he’s been through, but is he going to hit a wall sooner or later?
But wait! Samoa Joe attacks Kofi on the stage!! Joe drags Kofi up to throw him into LED panels! And then swings him around to slam him back into them! Joe drags Kofi up for an urenage! Kofi writhes while Joe looms over him. Joe leaves and the referees bring But Joe attacks again! With the Coquina Clutch!! Kofi is out cold, and Joe finally leaves him alone. Is the Samoan Submission Machine going to be the one to end Kofi’s dream come true?
Raw announces a HUGE Extreme Rules PPV match!
After the Undertaker returned to save Roman Reigns, they will team up to take on Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre! Will the Yard truly belong to The Deadman and the Big Dog? Or will the Best in the World and his Scottish Terminator find a way to stack the deck in their favor?
Naomi VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross!
The Goddess failed to bring the SmackDown Women’s Championship to Raw, but she still claims it is because Bayley is a bully and a liar. But Naomi and Natalya know Alexa is all that and more, it’s just a matter of getting Nikki to see that. Will this match do a lot to expose Alexa’s true intentions? Or will the wool still be pulled over the eyes of Crazy Cross?
The bell rings and Naomi SLAPS Alexa! Alexa swings but Naomi splits to dodge! Alexa runs into a kick and another slap! Naomi runs into a big lariat! Alexa scowls as she looms over Naomi. She goes to pick Naomi up but Naomi kip-ups! So Alexa throws Naomi down! Cover, ONE! Alexa grows annoyed, but she stands on Naomi’s hair. Naomi kicks Alexa away! Then kicks her legs out, to drop the splits leg drop! Cover, TWO! Alexa scrambles away and regroups with Nikki. But Naomi runs and baseball slides, to WRECK Nikki! That was not her intent but Alexa did dodge. Alexa gets back in and catches Naomi with the Bliss-DT! Cover, Alexa wins!
Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall
The Goddess doesn’t seem that torn up about Nikki getting hit. But then she goes after Naomi more! She stomps Naomi down and tells Nikki to get hers in. Alexa keeps kicking Naomi then brings her up for Nikki. Nikki doesn’t understand, but she does shove Naomi and Alexa down. Here comes Natalya! The Queen of Harts runs off Alexa and Nikki to defend Naomi. Is this going to settle down after the break?
Naomi & Natalya VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross!
Raw returns and now it’s friends against friends! Nikki still doesn’t seem sure about this, but she starts against Naomi. Naomi dropkicks Nikki down then brings her over to the corner. Natty tags in and she rolls Nikki, ONE! Natty keeps on Nikki with a snap suplex, then another. Nikki gets up and avoids a third, then hops on for a thrashing sleeper hold! Natty throws Nikki off, then hits a discus lariat! Cover, TWO! Natty keeps on Nikki but Nikki headbutts back. Tag to Alexa and Alexa grabs Natty, only for Natty to power her all the way back! Natty rams knees in then tags in Naomi. Naomi puts on a full nelson and thrashes her about. Alexa endures but gets a Full Nelson bomb! Body scissor cradle, TWO!
Naomi keeps on Alexa with a facelock, then bulldogs her into buckles. Tag to Natty and Natty rebound sits Alexa down. Natty runs on Alexa but Nikki blocks her path. Alexa DECKS Natty with a right! Cover, TWO! Nikki rallies for Alexa while Alexa wraps Natty in a chinlock. Natty endures as fans rally up. Natty fights her way up and fights out of the hold, then scoops Alexa for a Michinoku Driver! Both women are down but Natty crawls to a cover, TWO! Nikki still roots Alexa on as Natty clubs away. Natty snap suplexes Alexa down then drags her up for another. Natty drags Alexa around and wants the sharpshooter, but Alexa powers out! Tag to Nikki! Nikki rallies on Natty with furious forearms! She throws Natty into Naomi! Then splashes on Natty in the corner, to a bulldog! Cover, TWO!
Nikki keeps moving, going to the ropes. She shoulders and slingshots in for a dropkick! Then she hurries up top, and leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Nikki doesn’t slow down, she fires up more. She brings Natty to their corner and Alexa tags in. Natty fights back, but Alexa lets Nikki take care of Natty with The Purge! Alexa covers, Alexa and Nikki win!
Winners: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross, Bliss pinning
Nikki is still confused, but only because Alexa let her do all the work. Though, Alexa did do a lot of work against Naomi in their singles match. Are they going to work like this all the way to those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships?
Ricochet VS AJ Styles!
Raw brings us this incredible first-time-anywhere match-up! And while it isn’t for the WWE United States Championship, surely a win would mean the Phenomenal One is back at the front of the line for the title he once held. But with how hard he fought to get here, will the One and Only only fight that much harder to be better than phenomenal?
The bell rings and Styles circles with Ricochet. They tie up as fans duel and Styles powers Ricochet to a corner. The ref calls for a break and Styles backs off. Styles and Ricochet circle again and tie up again. Ricochet wrenches and wristlocks, but Styles rolls and handsprings to reverse it. Ricochet works to do the same but Styles catches him to a headlock! Styles has Ricochet on the mat but Ricochet rolls to a cover, ONE! Ricochet rolls again and Styles lets go. Styles runs into an arm-drag, and then another! Styles stays back to avoid a third, and fans cheer the exchange.
But here come Anderson & Gallows down the ramp. Ricochet is wary of The Club being here in Styles corner now. He and Styles tie up again, and Ricochet headlocks. Styles powers out but Ricochet holds ropes. Ricochet has to worry about Anderson swiping at him, but Styles is just as surprised. This isn’t what he meant when he said they should take things more seriously. Styles can do this on his own! He even gets on the mic to tell them they’re not ruining this. He wants them to leave, and now. The Club backs off to leave Styles be. Raw goes to break, will Anderson & Gallows really honor Styles wishes?
Raw returns once again, and it really is just Styles and Ricochet now. They tie up again, and Ricochet waistlocks. Styles standing switches, but Ricochet does, too. Ricochet headlocks, and holds on as Styles tries to power out. Fans duel again as Styles gets back up. Styles throws forearms and back suplexes but Ricochet lands on his feet. Ricochet runs and rolls off Styles’ back, then handsprings to headscissor and dropkick Styles down! Cover, ONE! Ricochet keeps on Styles with haymakers in the corner. Ricochet wrenches and brings Styles to the mat. Styles gets up but Ricochet wrenches again, then tucks Styles in for a modified standing stretch. Ricochet makes it a cover, TWO!
Styles powers Ricochet to a corner! Ricochet forearms back but Styles CHOPS back! Ricochet throws another forearm but Styles rocks him with a right! Styles shakes it off while bringing Ricochet up for a CHOP! He whips but Ricochet rolls off his back again, only to get a PELE! Styles brings Ricochet up and bumps him off buckles. He rams his shoulder into Ricochet, then snapmares him for a swift kick to the back. Fans duel while Styles grimaces through a scratched and bloody face. Styles drags Ricochet up again but Ricochet blocks the suplex. Ricochet fights back with forearms, but runs into a back drop! Styles looms over Ricochet before bringing him up for a stiff forearm! Ricochet hits back and then dropkicks Styles down!
Styles bails out but Ricochet runs, to FLY! Direct hit but a bit double-edged! Ricochet gets up to get Styles back in the ring. Ricochet covers, ONE! Styles gets to a corner but Ricochet is on him with a snapmare. Ricochet runs and hits a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Ricochet grows frustrated but he keeps focus on Styles. Styles kicks Ricochet back and snap suplexes him into buckles! Cover, TWO! Ricochet is dazed but still in this. Styles keeps his cool as he stalks behind Ricochet. Styles clamps on a chinlock and bends Ricochet back in a pseudo Camel Clutch. Ricochet endures being bent and stretched and fans rally up behind him.
Ricochet stands and fights out with body shots and uppercuts. He backs Styles into a corner then whips, but Styles reverses. Styles runs in but into a boot! Ricochet runs, ducks and dropkick-flips! Styles back hands but Ricochet PELES Styles! Fans know “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly stand. Ricochet counter punches Styles, then throws forearms and CHOPS! He whips Styles but Styles reverses again, only to get a forearm! Ricochet keeps moving to huricanrana Styles! Styles goes to a corner and Ricochet runs in, shoulder tackle! Then springboard, flying clothesline! Standing shooting star! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Ricochet can’t believe it! Ricochet keeps his cool, though, and gets Styles up.
Styles blocks the suplex, so Ricochet throws hands. Styles escapes the suplex and returns to the corner. He elbows Ricochet back then hops up, but Ricochet gets under the moonsault! Only to run into a scoop, inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Ricochet lives and Styles grows frustrated. Styles gets up and stalks Ricochet again. He brings Ricochet up but Ricochet counters to a jackknife cover, TWO! Ricochet boots but misses, and Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! High stack cover, TWO!! Styles is still frustrated but still focused. He brings Ricochet up but Ricochet uppercuts him away! Ricochet baits Styles into a corner and gives him a back elbow. Ricochet CHOPS then suplexes, twisting neckbreaker! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!
Ricochet’s frustration starts to boil over as Styles survives. But he drags Styles to a drop zone and climbs up top. Ricochet aims, 630 but he has to bail out! Styles forearms Ricochet away, springboard to the PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall
And the Phenomenal One beats the champion! Styles takes the belt, but helps Ricochet up. Styles shows Ricochet respect by raising his hand. But is this just the first time we’ll be seeing both men in the ring together? Will Extreme Rules have an even greater rematch?
Stomping Grounds surprised us with a lot of great stuff, and Raw follows up with some great action, too! Though, they do get the slightly disappointing part out of the way early in further recycling the rivalries of Rollins-Corbin and Becky-Lacey. Extreme Rules gives us a Mixed Tag match that should be pretty fun, and the creative part is that it’s for both the WWE Universal and Raw Women’s Championships. It sounds like it won’t be something more like a No Disqualifications match, because I’d love to see Becky and Rollins smack away on Lacey and Corbin side by side with kendo sticks. It’d make that match worth it since there’s no way Corbin and Lacey win those titles. And it probably keeps Lesnar from cashing in, too, since Becky would be there to back up Rollins.
I guess we’re still recycling Strowman VS Lashley, too. Their tug of war was a fun bit, but Strowman sure is sweeping Lashley in everything. I wonder if this means we see the return of a Bull Rope Match, and not the kind where they need to tag the corners. These two whipping each other with the rope, using the rope to “choke” each other, that might be what this feud needs to end decisively. And then one of these guys can start challenging for a title again, depending on who has what after Extreme Rules. Probably the Universal Championship to give Rollins some competition but also to be thrown in the mix with Lesnar and that MITB cash-in. Strowman and Lashley both daring Lesnar to try would be pretty good stuff to carry Raw to Summerslam.
Teaming up the Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Champions was a pretty good match for tonight, after what we got before Stomping Grounds. I just wish it wasn’t the kind of elimination match where one member means the whole team. But given what else we got tonight, the time constraints were surely why, and perhaps for the greater good. With the Heels not working together well, I still hope this turns things into a story for all the titles. These four teams, and perhaps throw in the Viking Raiders and Heavy Machinery for a massive Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Championship #WinnersTakeAll match would be great for Extreme Rules or Summerslam. How else are the Planet’s Tag Team Champions supposed to save the division?
I think the best thing Raw did tonight was the WWE 24/7 Championship stuff. I wish Maverick had put up more of a fight, but perhaps this prompts something big on 205 Live. Then the rest of the action was amazing, with the multiple title changes and Truth racking up the title reigns. It was incredibly creative for it to invade a scheduled match, I’m surprised they didn’t try that sooner. I don’t know if we even need anything more on SmackDown, this was great. The second best thing was Undertaker returning to Raw to go after Shane and McIntyre! It isn’t really clear why, but maybe it leads to something even better, like Taker VS Roman at Survivor Series for Taker’s 30th anniversary and actual last match.
It’s pretty clear Raw still needs SmackDown to help since Kofi pulled double duty. It’s great build for his reign, but it’s just a shame Vince didn’t schedule a Raw-exclusive story here. Joe going after Kofi was pretty great, though, and I would love if Kofi VS Joe got to be the Extreme Rules match at Extreme Rules the PPV. In order for Kofi to establish himself, he needs someone as vicious as Joe to overcome. Though, it would be nice if there was a SmackDown superstar that could’ve done it. But at the same time, it’ll be like Alexa VS Bayley, teasing that Raw could end up owning both belts. Styles VS Ricochet was great, and Styles’ story with the Club is taking interesting turns. Ricochet VS Styles has to be the US Championship match, I just hope it’s Styles who turns instead of the Club turning on him.
My Score: 8.3/10
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.40 ~ 23RD JUNE 2019
NOAH is in a tiny transition between tournaments this week. Hisame brings us the updates in preparation for the Global Junior Tag League!
NOAH is in a tiny transition between tournaments this week. Hisame brings us the updates in preparation for the Global Junior Tag League!
In between “Global Junior Tag League” ending on the 13th June, and “Global Junior Tag League” starting on the 27th June, NOAH held a small interim tour of only three days. In the past these tours would have names like “Navigation with Spirits”, “Navigation to The Future” (or my personal favorite “Navigation on Stormy Seas”), but sadly LIDET have done away with these, and now all the interim tours are simply “NOAH The Spirit”.
It should be mentioned that all the tours have had excellent attendances with full houses each night, and this has given a tremendous morale boost to NOAH.
Yoshiki Inamura and his “rival” Kinya Okada faced off on the first night in Aizu, with the more experienced Inamura picking up the win. The rest of the tour was Inamura teaming with Kongoh, and Okada having matches with seniors like Daisuke Harada & Masao Inoue.
Junta Miyawaki faced his seniors (and lost to them) starting with Hi69 in Aizu on the 19th, Naomichi Marufuji on the 22nd and Atsushi Kotoge on the 23rd. Kotoge’s unanimated lack of expression and unusual calm demeanor is starting to scare people…
Miyawaki showed his first element of defiance, by refusing to shake hands with Marufuji. It’s rare for Miyawaki to act in this way towards his seniors (I can’t imagine this happening to Misawa had he asked Marufuji for one at that age and at that point in his career, then again 2001 was a very different world).
Hitoshi Kumano had his first singles match ever with Takashi Sugiura on the 22nd June in Nagano, and said that he was so happy about facing his hero, he couldn’t sleep. Nothing was going to mute this excitement, even the fact that he lost to him.
RATELS entered into their usual squabble about Global Junior League (this happens every year, with Tadasuke threatening to poison everyone last year, but this year he yelled out to whoever was listening, that he would win), with Daisuke Harada saying he was going to win in the backstage interview.
Naturally, this did go down well with the others, with Tadasuke walking off over it, and then coming back to point and yell at Harada that it was HIS victory that would happen.
On the 22nd June, YO-HEY lost to Yoshinari Ogawa, and Tadasuke became irate and started yelling. Harada got into the ring to try and calm the situation, but this only made Tadasuke angrier and he left (still shouting), although he later apologized and said he was disappointed.
RATELS seemed to have patched up their differences by the 23rd, but again no one wanted to trust each other, and in their post match interview, when they went to do their handshake they all jumped back into a defensive pose with their fists raised. Even HAYATA (who is in Block B), and was smirking at the others arguing with each other, joined in.
Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuhei Taniguchi (and various other partners) faced Kongoh each night. The record stands with Kiyomiya having two victories over the group in three nights, the third was when Kenoh pinned Hi69 following the foostomp.
On the final night of tour, Kaito Kiyomiya spoke on the microphone, and hinted that he and Taniguchi may team up together to take the tag belts. One of his dreams was to hold both championships.
Kenoh’s tri-weekly column was back to talk about the Misawa Memorial show, his rants against others, his shock at Atsushi Aoki’s death, and KENTA’S return to Japanese wrestling (albeit New Japan), or as he put it “that man has returned”.
Kenoh (who says he respects KENTA, despite his rant) says that he will make NOAH a place that KENTA will want to come home to, as well as making him regret that he ever chose New Japan over “his home”. Naturally, Kenoh wouldn’t be able to keep his ire at Marufuji supporting KENTA out of it, and said that Marufuji’s message of support to him was Marufuji saying “anything to be popular”.
Both Marufuji and KENTA responded to Kenoh in different ways.
In usual talkative style, Marufuji posted a picture of Kenoh’s article with graphics over it, with a message that didn’t really translate too well but basically saying there was nothing wrong with being supportive, and hinting at a secret (and for good measure he called him “Kenoh-kun”, which he knows will wind him up)
KENTA, in usual quiet style, made no comment, and simply posted a picture of the column to his Instagram story.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura and KAZMA SAKAMOTO)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Stinger (Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa)
~ Go Shiozaki got stuck in his jacket
~ YO-HEY wouldn’t let HAYATA leave during the post match interview in Aizu
~ Hitoshi Kumano said he is aiming to have a body that does not lose to the heavyweights, but would cause havoc amongst the juniors
~ Takashi Sugiura photographed Masao Inoue at the urinal (again)
~ Yoshinari Ogawa held a training session for the roster at Takaoka, Toyama before the event started. He taught Kaito Kiyomiya and the new trainee.
~ IPW have mentioned that Daisuke Harada will be defending the IPW Junior Heavyweight title, but have said that NOAH will make the announcement.
~ Naomichi Marufuji’s search for a tag partner continues.
~ In Aizu, AXIS wore t-shirts with “AIZU” on them.
~ Hitoshi Kumano can be considered the unofficial third member of AXIZ.
Riki Choshu’s Power Hall (featuring Go Shiozaki and Yoshiki Inamura) will be broadcast live on the 26th June on Samurai at 6.30pm
The opening night of Global Junior League (Thursday 27th June 2019, Korakuen Hall) broadcast at Friday 5th July on Samurai.
“The long days of summer are just around the corner: the stories behind the famous photograph of June 2000”
Global Junior League: Mini interview with YO-HEY
Global Junior League: Mini interview with Minoru Tanaka
The Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial Ten Year Event, and “The Future of Noah”, presented by 22 year old Kaito Kiyomiya
“It’s been ten years since Mitsuharu Misawa died” ~ Keiji Mutoh’s memories
PICTURE CREDITS: Noah GHC, KENTA, PKDX
GIF CREDIT: Noah GHC
Newsletter by Hisame