It’s the Raw After Super Showdown!
The Architect thwarted the Beast in the Bank’s cash in! But will Brock Lesnar come back for revenge? Plus, the Raw Tag Team Championships are on the line!
- 3v1 Handicap Elimination: Lars Sullivan VS Lucha House Party; Sullivan wins.
- Six Man Tag: Ricochet, Braun Strowman & The Miz VS Cesaro, Bobby Lashley & Samoa Joe; Ricochet, Strowman & Miz win.
- Becky Lynch & Bayley VS Lacey Evans & Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross; Evans & Bliss win.
- The IIconics VS ???; The IIconics win.
- Raw Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins VS The Revival VS The Usos; The Revival wins and becomes the new Raw Tag Team Champions.
- Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens, Special Outside Enforcer: Sami Zayn; Owens wins, by disqualification.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw opens with Seth Freakin’ Rollins!
San Jose is ready to #BurnItDown with The Beastslayer! Rollins has the Universal Championship and a chair as he makes his way out. He beat Baron Corbin because Corbin’s temper got the better of him, but it was The Beast in the Bank’s Advocate, Paul Heyman, who had the real screw-up. Heyman dropped the ball by dropping the briefcase, and that let Rollins fight back! The #BrockParty cash-in was thwarted, but it’s only a matter of time before Lesnar tries again. As for Rollins, he shows off the chair that saved the day before speaking.
“San Jose, I feel alive tonight!” Because this is a new ear for the Universal Championship. 2019, the Year of Choice, and the choices are clear for the Raw locker room. They can either out wrestle him, which no one can. They can fight him straight up, or they can do things the hard way. Just ask Lesnar how that feels. Lesnar has been in the WWE on and off since 2002, but no one has done what Rollins has done to him! And it felt pretty damn good! But to ruin the good times, it’s Baron Corbin. The Lone Wolf is smiling despite having lost. Corbin sees Rollins talking about Lesnar again. San Jose boos, but Corbin says the feeling is mutual. He waits them out, but they move from booing to chanting “You Suck!”
Corbin finally continues, and says he is the best thing in San Jose right now. But the city aside, Rollins is always going on about Lesnar, but he should worry more about Corbin. Then Corbin can be the one to worry about Lesnar when he’s the new Universal Champion. So Corbin thinks he’ll win at Stomping Grounds? How did that go at Super Showdown though? Corbin says Rollins didn’t win, the “incompetent” referee cost Corbin, and Rollins escaped with the belt. But from his time as acting GM, Corbin learned some things. And Corbin puts those skills to use. He met with WWE executives, and that referee will be punished. That, and Corbin gets his rematch. Oh but there’s one more thing to make sure there’s no mistakes. They have a special guest referee, and Corbin gets to choose them!
Rollins says Corbin can choose whoever he wants, Corbin’s getting stomped and Rollins’ staying champion. But he is curious, who is this referee Corbin wants? Corbin has no friends, his own dog doesn’t even like him. And no on in San Jose likes him. No one watching at home likes him, no one in his family likes him. But here comes Sami Zayn! Fans boo the Critic of the Critics, too. Sami can’t believe it, but he is actually on Team Corbin here. Unlike fans, Sami cares about Rollins as a person. But watching Rollins’ behavior lately, being champion is not good for him. Rollins gets caught up in a cycle with Lesnar of payback, “it’s this swirl of toxic masculinity.”
Sami says this as someone who means well: it would be better for Rollins if Corbin was champion. It would be better for Raw and the fans if Corbin was champion! Then they can have a champion who is not obsessed with Lesnar. Sami isn’t fooling anyone. There’s nothing in this for little ol’ Sami? Well, Sami admits that Corbin understands how the cesspool works. That if someone were to help him out, he’d help them out. There it is! Congrats, Corbin, you found the one idiot who has your back. But then who has Sami’s back when Rollins comes out to slap him around? Kevin Owens does! KO always has Sami’s back. And Kevin also agrees about Corbin being a better choice than Rollins. Kevin does not appreciate how Rollins talks to Sami.
Well those three morons are melting our brains. If Kevin doesn’t like what Rollins is saying, do something about it! Well as a Wild Card, why not?! Rollins asks the fans if they want that, and they do! Then it’s Rollins VS Owens for the main event! Will Rollins shut the Prizefighter up to then shut Sami up to then shut Corbin up once and for all?
3v1 Handicap Elimination: Lars Sullivan VS Lucha House Party!
The Super Showdown match didn’t go as the Leviathan hoped, but only because all three luchadors ganged up on him at the end. Now that he has to go through all three of them, will he deal out the punishment he wanted? Or is it going to be one and done for #LuchaTime?
Raw returns as Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik make their entrance. And Lars attacks them the moment they get in the ring! Metalik and Dorado go down, so Kalisto is alone to start. Kalisto fires off with the bell, then hops up to missile dropkick Lars. Kalisto climbs as Lars stays up, and leaps into Lars’ arms! FREAK ACCIDENT! Cover, Lars ELIMINATES Kalisto already! But Lince is right in with a dropkick and furious hands! Lars shoves Lince away and out of the ring. Lince slingshots back in and kicks back. Lince springboards, but the huricanrana is blocked, into a LEVIATHAN BOMB! Cover, Lasr ELIMINATES Lince!
That means it’s just the King of the Ropes and The Freak. Metalik springboards but Lars ducks. Metaliks CHOPS and kicks, but Lars blocks the whip. Lars whips, but dodges the handspring. Metalik ducks and handsprings again, but into a back suplex TOSS! Cover, but Lars lets up! Lars wants the Lucha House Party to suffer. He lifts Kalisto and TOSSES him onto the steel steps!! Then Lars goes to Metalik, for a final FREAK ACCIDENT! Cover, but Lars lets up again! Lars goes to Lince on the other side, and as fans boo and jeer, Lars scoops Lince to toss him at the post! Lars goes back to the ring, but to climb up high. FLYING HEADBUTT! Cover, Lars wins!
Winner: Lars Sullivan, by pinfall
It was utter dominance and destruction as Lars sweeps the Lucha House Party. Will the Mile High Monster leave them behind for bigger and better prey?
The WWE 24/7 Champion is on Raw!
Truth runs for it as the other superstars come running! Titus even helps Maverick keep up! They corner Truth and Carmella at the elevators. The elevator opens, but so many superstars get in with them. Wait, where’s a ref? They need one for a pin! The ref is too late, the elevator doors close. Cameras show the chaos inside, and then… The elevator breaks?! EC3 actually laughs at the circumstances. Heath Slater can’t take this, he’s gotta get home to his kids. This is why they shouldn’t have been chasing him! Will they be stuck for the rest of the night?
Michael Cole conducts interviews with Becky Lynch and Lacey Evans.
The Man and the Lady will have a rematch for the Raw Women’s Championship at Stomping Grounds in a few weeks. With everything they’ve gone through, does Becky- Lacey interrupts, saying “Where I come from, ladies go first.” But by all means, continue. Becky says if Lacey’s done with pageantry, let’s recap how Lacey tapped out. For someone who talks so much yet says so little, Lacey ignores the facts. But Lacey really should’ve beat Becky because she’s bigger and stronger. But Becky won’t let Lacey be the template for this division. Don’t act like you know her, Becky. Lacey will do whatever she has to to become champion. Dirt and gold come from the same place but they’re not the same.
Becky holds losing the SmackDown Women’s Championship against Lacey. And the last time Becky was furious, she made history. Becky is relentless. What a cute speech. But “The Man” isn’t fooling Lacey, either. That’s just a mask. What really drives Becky is not an obsession with winning, but the fear of losing it all and sinking back to obscurity> Lacey can smell the fear on her, “and it’s nasty.” At Stomping Grounds, the fear will become reality when Becky No Belts becomes reality. The reality is that Becky will slap Lacey’s head off again, “ya plank.” These two will get a sampling of their Stomping Grounds match in a tag match later tonight. Will Bayley and Alexa be able to steer clear of the Man’s and the Lady’s bad sides?
Alexa Bliss talks with Nikki Cross.
Nikki and Alexa feel good about last week’s win against the IIconcis, but then Alexa also won a match to become Bayley’s #1 Contender via SmackDown. Alexa hopes Nikki isn’t upset with her. She just can’t believe Bayley’s doing this “again.” Wait, what did Bayley do? Well Bayley is actually a master manipulator. She’s not the San Jose Hometown Hooker, she’s evil. And even in NXT, Bayley was so awful! What? Really? Yeah, she made Alexa feel so undeserving. You can only pretend to be something so long until someone sees through it. Maybe that’s why Alexa is the way she is now. What now? She’s Nikki’s friend! She can be “Lexi” with her! Sorry to dump all this on you. No, Nikki understands. So then Nikki will be in her corner? Yeah, let’s play.
Raw presents: Miz TV!
The Most Must-See WWE Superstar and his talk show have a very special, and menacing, guest in Samoa Joe. What will Miz ask the new WWE United States Champion, after the break?
Raw returns as Miz introduces the show, himself and his guest. “He is WWE’s version of Godzilla,” here is Samoa Joe! The Destroyer makes his entrance and holds up his title high as he joins Miz in the ring. Miz welcomes Joe, but Joe interrupts to say he’s pushing the wrong narrative. There is nothing “new” about this reign. Mysterio stole the title but thankfully Joe was given an opportunity to win it back. Wait, Joe won it back? Miz plays footage of Mysterio giving up the belt, only for Joe to attack him from behind! Joe laughs, enjoying his handiwork. Miz says Mysterio did the right thing, giving up the belt while he was hurt and recognizing that Joe lost unfairly. Yet, Joe still had to slap a Coquina Clutch on him? And?
Well, Joe also threatened Mysterio’s son, Dominique. Miz says this not as a superstar but a father himself: you don’t bring someone’s family into things unless you want to get called out. Well those lines belong to you. When it comes to getting what he wants, nothing is too far for Joe. Joe wants to talk contenders, but if Miz wants to talk stepping over lines, how about Joe goes after his family? But wait, here comes BRAUN! The Monster Among Men feels good after beating big bad Bobby Lashley at Super Showdown, and he tells Joe, “If you’re out here looking for a challenger, why don’t you shut your mouth and Get These Hands!” Strowman steps up to Joe, but wait, here comes Lashley!
The Rocky Mountain Machine is still fuming from Super Showdown, copying Strowman by saying, “I’m not done with you!” Lashley and Joe also have history, so Joe should know that if anyone is deserving, it’s Lashley. But wait, here comes The One and Only, RICOCHET! Ricochet tells everyone that they’re always arguing about who’s big and bad. That’s not Ricochet, but after a sweep on Cesaro, he wants to step up and win his first title on the main roster. But then Cesaro shows up! The Swiss Cyborg tells Ricochet with his fist! And then Joe fights Miz and Strowman fights Lashley! Three brawls at once, and Strowman throws Lashley out to then hit Cesaro! Miz gets Joe to back off and they stand tall with Ricochet! I think we’re about to see tag action after the break!
Six Man Tag: Ricochet, Braun Strowman & The Miz VS Cesaro, Bobby Lashley & Samoa Joe!
Raw returns as predicted! The King of Flight, Monster Among Men and Hollywood A-Lister, or the Swiss Cyborg, Rocky Mountain Machine and Samoan Submission Master, which trio takes the other down?
Lashley and Strowman start, and tie up at the bell. Lashley gets the arm for a wristlock, but Strowman rolls, only to be wrangled to the mat. Strowman kips up!! And reverses the wrench to throw big hands. Things speed up between these mega-sized stars, and Strowman lariats Lashley down! Tag to Miz and Strowman whips him in for a bit A-List Lariat, followed by a monster splash! Miz adds a knee lift and then the A-List Combination, only for Lashley to block the neckbreaker. Lashley runs into a boot, but Joe blindsides Miz! Lashley puts Miz in the corner and tags in Joe. Joe jabs away on Miz, but backs off at 4. Cesaro and Lashley get their cheap shots in before Joe comes back to CHOP Miz down. Tag to Cesaro, and Cesaro mugs Miz.
Cesaro drags Miz into a chinlock, but fans rally up. Miz fights his way up and out, but he swings into a back suplex. Miz lands on his feet and Ricochet tags in! Ricochet springboards high over Cesaro and trips up Lashley! He hurries and hits Joe with a kick! Ricochet haymakers and bumps Cesaro to kick him away, then springboards for a lariat! Lashley runs but misses, and gets a crossbody! Ricochet runs but into a lift! He escapes and tilt-o-whirls to a headscissors! Cesaro bails out and San Jose fires up as Ricochet FLIES! Direct hit takes out Cesaro! Strowman and Miz stand to face Joe and Lashley, and we go to break!
Raw returns and Lashley covers Ricochet, TWO! Lashley tags Cesaro and they drag Ricochet up for Cesaro to drive in an elbow. Cesaro wraps Ricochet up in a chinlock but fans rally up. Ricochet fights up and jawbreakers free. Cesaro pushes Ricochet and pops him up, but gets a huricanrana driver! Cover, TWO! Ricochet hurries up but gets a European Uppercut! Tag to Lashley, and he drags Ricochet up to ram him into barriers! Lashley drags Ricochet back into the ring and whips him to a corner. Ricochet boots then enziguris, then somersault shotguns Lashley down! Ricochet hot tags to Miz, who springboards for ax handles! Miz hits Cesaro then throws hands on Lashley from both sides. Miz fires off It Kicks in the corner! Then double knees, and again! Miz keeps going for the A-List Lariat! He even boots Joe away!
Miz slingshots but Lahsley blocks the sunset flip. Lashley puts Miz in a corner but misses, to get the kick and DDT! Miz gives Csearo a kick and DDT! San Jose fires up as Miz gives Lashley and Cesaro It Kicks! He goes back and forth then powers up the buzzsaw to hit Cesaro! Lashley dodges his, and catches Miz into a complete shot! Tag to Joe and Joe hits Strowman for good measure. Joe drops a senton on Miz, covers, but Strowman leaps into break it! Tag to Cesaro, and Cesaro mocks fans cheering for Miz. Cesaro drags Miz up but gets a jawbreaker! He keeps Miz away from Strowman, and then Lashley trips Strowman up. Strowman throws Lashley into barriers but he forgets about Miz in the ring.
Cesaro gets Miz, and goes swinging! It goes past 20!! That’s about 25 rotations! And then, Sharpshooter! Ricochet saves Miz with a Code Breaker to Cesaro! Both men are down, and Strowman returns to the corner. Fans rally with Strowman as Miz crawls. Hot tag to The Monster! Strowman rallies with shoulder tackles and a corner to corner splash! Strowman roars and fans cheer as he goes out to take a lap! He blasts Cesaro then hauls him into the ring. Strowman runs in for another monster splash, then clubs Cesaro off his feet! Cover, but Joe breaks it! Joe clubs away on Strowman but the ref reprimands him. Strwoman grabs Joe, scoops him, but Joe slips out!
Joe gets away, and runs with his title! Fans boo as he leaves Cesaro alone, but Miz tags in. Strowman heads for Joe, but gets a SPEAR from Lashley! Miz helps Ricochet FLY onto Lashley! EuroUpper from Cesaro to Miz! Cover, TWO! But Cesaro keeps going, Gotch lift but Miz powers out. Miz hits the Finale! Tag to Ricochet, One and Only 630!! Cover, Ricochet and team win!
Winners: Ricochet, The Miz and Braun Strowman, Ricochet pinning
Cesaro took a bad shot from Ricochet’s landing, but will he stay out of the US title race? Or are we looking at the three in the lead right here?
Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.
Has Corbin made a decision on the special guest referee? Not yet. There’s no rush. He’ll make calls, hold interviews and make sure to find a fair, unbiased and respected official who is good at their jobs. Guess that means Charly ain’t it. Sami comes by to have a chat. They excuse Charly and quite possibly start talking about the referee role.
Becky Lynch & Bayley VS Lacey Evans & Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross!
The Wild Card Rule abounds in this match! The Raw Women’s Champion teams with the SmackDown Women’s Champion against their contenders, but The Goddess is only a contender because she was a Wild Card on SmackDown last week! Will The Man and the hometown hero show their contenders that it doesn’t matter if you’re Raw red or SmackDown blue, they’re the right ones to have gold?
Raw returns as Bayley makes her entrance to join fellow champion, Becky. Then Alexa makes her entrance with Nikki by her side. Lastly, the Sassy Southern Belle arrives, having made a wardrobe change from her interview earlier tonight. The teams sort out, and we start with Bayley and Alexa to give us a SmackDown Women’s Championship preview. Fans cheer their hometown girl on as she powers Alexa right to a corner! Bayley throws hands and stomps a mudhole! She snapmares and hits a sliding lariat! Cover, TWO! Bayley keeps on Alexa with a suplex, but Alexa slips out and wrings out Bayley’s arm. Cover, ONE, but Alexa gets mad and kicks Bayley while she’s down. Tag to Lacey and she slingshots an elbow down on Bayley. Cover, TWO!
Lacey throws Bayley around and covers, TWO! Bayley powers Lacey to the corner and Becky tags in. Lacey wants nothing to do with Becky but she has no choice as Becky throws uppercuts! Becky whips but Lacey reverses, and she kicks Becky out of the air! Tag to Alexa, and the two throw Becky down. Cover, but Becky slips out to mule kick Alexa. Alexa gets to a corner but gets a Straight Firearm. Lacey saves Alexa from a Becksploder, and fans boo. Bayley gives Lacey a daredevil dropkick! Becky hits Alexa with a flying forearm! The champ and the champ stand tall while we go to break.
Raw returns again, and Becky fights out of Alexa’s chinlock, but Alexa throws her down. Alexa hits knees once, but not the second time. Becky enziguris Alexa down and both women crawl for their corners. Tag to Lacey, who stops Becky! Lacey drags Becky away in a chinbar then throws her down to throw hands. Fans cheer for Bayley but Lacey says they ain’t getting her. Lacey wrangles Becky into a seated cobra clutch. Becky endures and fans rally up. Becky fights her way up and arm-drags Lacey off her. Lacey drop toeholds Becky to buckles, then hist the swinging bronco buster! Cover, TWO! Lacey grows annoyed, and hits Bayley just because! Becky throws body shots and forearms, but Lacey knees low. Lacey scoops Becky but Becky slips out to throw Lacey out!
Becky staggers and dropkicks Lacey away, but there’s still no Bayley. Alexa runs in but Becky throws her out! Bayley decks Alexa then returns to the corner, but Lacey intercepts Becky! Lacey stomps Becky in the corner, then blows a kiss to Bayley. Becky boots and elbows Lacey back, but Lacey keeps her from Bayley. Lacey knees low and gives Becky a neckbreaker, to a somersault splash! Cover, TWO! Lacey grows frustrated now as she drags Becky to a corner drop zone. Lacey hops up and springboards, but misses the moonsault! Becky crawls for her corner as fans fire up! hot tags to Bayley and Bliss! Bayley wraps Alexa up and puts her in a corner for stomps! Bayley runs corner to corner for a knee!
Alexa staggers, into the sunset flip powerbomb into buckles! Bayley drags Alexa for a cover, but Lacey breaks it! Lacey sees Becky coming and runs for it! She throws Nikki into Becky, then hit a Woman’s Right! Bayley goes after Lacey but Alexa goes after her. Bayley turns it around to roll Alexa up, TWO! Into a Woman’s Right! Alexa climbs up top, Lacey tags in, Twisted Bliss gets knees! Bayley stalks Alexa but gets ANOTHER Woman’s Right! Cover, Lacey and Alexa win!
Winners: Lacey Evans and Alexa Bliss, Evans pinning
The Lady uses the Goddess and the Loony Lass to get away with a win, but it was a pin on the SmackDown Women’s Champion. Will there be any tricks she can use to pin the Raw Women’s Champion? And what if Alexa brings the SmackDown Women’s Championship to Raw?
Shane McMahon is backstage on Raw!
He finishes up a phone call before talking with Sami Zayn. Sami gives props to “The Best in the World” before sitting down. Sami knows he and Shane haven’t always seen eye to eye, but Corbin referred Sami to Shane. Corbin wants a guest ref, so maybe Sami give it a try in Rollins VS Owens? Like an audition? Yes, exactly that! Rollins is slippery, and Roman Reigns is his best pal. Sami can start as a second set of eyes to make sure things are down the middle. Sahne has an idea. Sami is an outside referee, as a second set of eyes, just to keep things down the middle. How does that sound? Genius! Sami thanks Shane, but will Sami really keep things fair and square?
Raw returns to Paul Heyman in the ring.
The Advocate introduces himself as per usual, and he says he is “disturbed by the level of animosity and hostility” between both Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins. Last week, it was admittedly against Heyman’s wishes and Lesnar’s better judgment, Lesnar did not cash in and felt he could take the title away on any day to instead beat Rollins down every day. That blood lust is what caused the beating on Rollins that then Rollins gave back at Super Showdown. Rollins even admitted, chair in hand, that he put a beating on Lesnar over and over and over and over again! “And that’s the champion that you cheer for?” San Jose says yes! Rollins is not a worthy champion, he is “a feckless thug”, and a stupid one at that! Because by giving Lesnar that beating, Rollins has only guaranteed Lesnar wants to go after him.
Before, Heyman and Lesnar were willing to give fair warning, but no more “Mr. Nice Jew” and Beast. Now they’ll refuse to tell you about the cash-in. Heyman isn’t saying Lesnar is here, but he’s not saying Lesnar isn’t, either. He won’t confirm or deny Lesnar is wherever Rollins goes, nor is he saying one way or another that Lesnar might end up the Stomping Grounds guest referee. Also, Heyman won’t confirm nor deny that Lesnar will just wait until Rollins is the most vulnerable to put a beating that defies the PG Era to then just take the Universal Champion. This isn’t an insinuation nor a prediction, or even a spoiler, it is a threat, and a promise, and a guarantee, from the future “reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion” and “Beastslayer-Slaying” Brock Lesnar.
Raw checks in on the WWE 24/7 Championship elevator situation.
Tensions are running high as Slater thinks they’re going to die in here. Truth blames everyone else but Carmella shouts for them all to stop and calm down. EC3 says that if they’re gonna be in here any longer, they’ll have to resort to cannibalism. Where was he keeping that fork?! And no, they’re not resorting to eating each other! But what else can they do? No one has food or drinks or a cell phone on them! Truth does. What?! Why didn’t he use it earlier?! They all tell Truth to use it, but there are no bars in the elevator. Wait, no bars and he’s a rapper?
Carmella says they’ll play a game to keep their minds off this. You talk when you hold the hat, ok? Drake Maverick snatches the hat and says he has to get out of here, he’s getting married soon! EC3 takes the hat to say he wasn’t invited to the wedding? Maverick takes it back to remind EC3 he’s the best man! Carmella takes the hat to say be nicer to her hat. Truth takes the hat to vent about being 48/7 Champion. And he’s afraid of Hornswoggle. Maverick isn’t Hornswoggle, he’s just short! Slater takes the hat to say he’s got kids to worry about! Will any of them get out to get home?
The IIconics VS ???
Peyton Royce and Billie Kay are on Raw again, still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! But will a pair of contenders rise up on the Road to Stomping Grounds?
Raw returns and the IIconics speak. “We are the longest reigning and defending WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions~!” And as the fighting champs they are, they demand the toughest competition. They scoured the world, and after an exhausting effort, they found the best in San Jose! But sadly, they will never compare to The IIconics. To put it into terms San Jose can all understand, these two here are never going to be champions the same way the Sharks are never going to be champions. But the IIconics are the future, and the future is IICONIC! Strike the pose. But Lisa Lace and Aliyah Mia are up to doing the impossible! Can they do it in front of their hometown crowd?
The bell rings and Billie starts with the golden Mia. Billie boots Mia right down then scares off Lisa! Billie kicks and stomps then tags Peyton in. Peyton roundhouses Mia down, then both IIconics pose on Mia’s back. Fans are divided as Peyton drags up Mia but gets a forearm! Mia glares, runs, but into Peyton’s knees! Peyton throws Mia down to tag in Billie. The IIconics pick on Mia as they put on the wheelbarrow for the knee! Cover, The IIconics win!
Winners: The IIconics, Billie Kay pinning
Lisa never even got in the ring… The IIconics remain confident, but will they finally, actually defend the titles?
Raw shares a Super Showdown post-match interview with Roman Reigns.
How much will it haunt The Big Dog that Shane McMahon won their match? Shane won the same way he has always gotten everything: someone else handed it to him. Drew McIntyre helped Shane win. The Scottish Terminator is completely different, but Roman knows that and knows McIntyre knows Roman. Roman vows to kick ass and take names, and it’s gonna be all McIntyre. Will Roman stomp out McIntyre at Stomping Grounds?
Raw checks in on the WWE 24/7 Championship elevator situation, again.
The group has calmed down and seem to be getting along. But are they really going to be stuck in there the rest of the night?
Drew McIntyre heads to the ring!
And with live bagpipe accompaniment. He leads the way for the real “guest of honor,” Shane McMahon! The “BEST, in the WOOOOOOOOOOOORLD~” and his insurance policy are here on Raw to celebrate. Fans boo and jeer as Shane speaks to growing up in the WWE. You see a lot of amazing things, and keep your eyes open for something special. Roman Reigns is that something special. We can all agree that Roman is a future Hall of Fame candidate. Shane will admit one thing, he respects Roman as as competitor. Roman hits hard, and has done so much in such a short time. He has done a who’s who and what’s what. From the Royal Rumble to main-eventing Wrestlemania, and being a Grand Slam Champion, Roman is truly in rarefied air having beaten both The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar.
But he doesn’t hold a victory over Shane! Shane has a win over Roman! Shane is proud of himself, but this is nothing for Roman to be ashamed of. Roman gave Shane his best and is licking his wounds, but Roman’s best wasn’t better than the Best in the World. McIntyre raises Shane’s hand in victory. Shane gives props to McIntyre, too. McIntyre helped Shane so much in preparing. Their strategy was perfect after watching all that video on Roman. Fans think this is “BORING~! BORING~!” Well get used to it, Shane can do this all night. But again, McIntyre as “emotional support” was great, that’s how Shane won. But that’s Super Showdown. Shane can’t wait to see Stomping Grounds.
McIntyre appreciates that, and will maintain his composure. He wishes they were anywhere but San Jose. San Jose won’t ruin the celebration for him! McIntyre tells Shane that Roman is a measuring stick in the WWE. When Roman loses, it turns heads. Shane won, and now McIntyre will hurt and humiliate Roman. Shane is the Best in the World, but McIntyre is the Most Dangerous. McIntyre owes Roman, and will physically assault Roman until he is unrecognizable. “And then I will beat you, one, two, three.” Shane loves that intensity! But to the celebration! There is champagne alongside the World Cup trophy. Shane and McIntyre pop some bubbly and pour some glasses, in the trophy!
“Cheers!” Shane drinks out of the World Cup while McIntyre takes it straight from the bottle. Fans boo as these two might as well be patting themselves on the back. The party will continue but the show must go on. Shane knows that two individuals could join the party as new Raw Tag Team Champions. It’s the Revival! Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson pat themselves on the back while cheering Shane. The #TopGuys shake hands with Shane and McIntyre, but Shane stops them from having a drink. They still have that match! That’s up next, no drinking on the job. Right, right. Now if they win, then yes, party hard with the gold. The Triple Threat for those Raw tag titles is next!
Raw Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins VS The Revival VS The Usos!
For those who missed it, The Revival lost to Jimmy & Jey at Super Showdown. Therefore, this really should just be the Major Bros against the Usos, but Shane obviously helped out his friends and pulled some strings. With four opponents instead of two, can Ryder & Hawkins keep their win streak going? Or will the ride end as those titles go to another team?
Raw returns as The Usos make their entrance. Backstage, Ryder & Hawkins are interviewed on their Cinderella win. They’ve been through it all, like the 0-269 losing streak for Hawkins. But there’s a reason both men are still in the WWE: they’re always ready. Shane handpicked the #TopGuys, and the Usos themselves are top tag team material. The champions may be the Cinderella team, but it isn’t midnight yet. The Major Bros make their entrance to join the others in the ring. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the match begins!
Ryder starts with Dawson and Dawson throws big hands and CHOPS! Tag to Dash and The Revival whip Ryder in. Ryder knees back then dropkicks Dawson! Dash gets tagged out by Jey Uso, and then Jey and Ryder work together long enough to clothesline The Revival out. Now Jey and Ryder circle and tie up. Jey wristlocks and wrenches but Ryder rolls and reverses. Ryder hammerlocks but Jey elbows out. Jjey runs but into a flapjack! Cover, TWO! Ryder tags Hawkins and they double team with a Russian leg sweep STO! Cover, TWO! Hawkins keeps on Jey with another wrench then whips. Dawson tags in as Hawkins trips Jey, and Dawson clotheslines Hawkins! Dawson drags Jey out to throw him into barrier, then The Revival throw Hawkins into others! They mock Cinderella Hawkins while we go to break.
Raw returns again, and Hawkins fights out of a chinlock. Dawson shoves but Hawkins comes back with a BIG lariat! Fans fire up and Dash tags in to hit Ryder down. Dash fireman’s carries and tags in Dawson. The Revival combine for the boosted suplex, but Hawkins lands on his feet! To tag in Jimmy! Jimmy dumps the Revival out to then DIVE onto them both! Jimmy puts Dawson in to climb up top, and he leaps for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Jimmy mule kicks and uppercuts Dawson, then dodges to Samoan Drop him! Cover, TWO! Jimmy keeps his cool as he and tans echo “UCE! OH!” Dawson hits Jimmy with a right but Hawkins tags in.
Ryder drags Dawson out for Hawkins to go at Jimmy. Jimmy uppercuts Hawkins, but Hawkins PELES Jimmy! Tag to Ryder, and the Major Bros combine for a blockbuster Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! Ryder keeps his cool as he considers his options. Fans fire up for Ryder but also for Jimmy. Jimmy slowly stands, but voids a Rough Ryder. Ryder dodges but gets an elbow. Jey tags in, Ryder hits Jimmy but Jey SUPERKICKS! Hawkins leaps into a SUPERKICK! Dash gets a SUPERKICK! Jey waits for Ryder, to SUPERKICK him down! Jey heads up top now, but Dash tags in before the Uso Splash! Dawson throws Jey away, covers Ryder, The Revival wins!!
Winners: The Revival, Scott Dawson pinning; NEW Raw Tag Team Champions
And they have their golden tickets to the Best Party in the World! The #TopGuys are two-time Raw tag champions, but will they be celebrating for long?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
How much does Sami Zayn being an outside enforcer affect his mindset? He’s ready for anything. He heard Heyman’s threats, he’ll be ready for Lesnar anytime. Corbin at Stomping Grounds will be easy, too. As for Kevin with Sami ringside, Rollins is definitely ready for them, too. But will he really be able to focus on what’s in front of him with what could be right around the corner?
Raw checks in on the WWE 24/7 Championship elevator situation, again.
Maverick is really worried about his bride-to-be standing him up at the wedding. Being stuck in an elevator is only second to peeing his pants on national television! Oh yeah that is rough. Carmella said his bride already said yes, so she must have already accepted that. Yeah, Slater and Truth both know marriage is scary. True love is real, and EC3 knows because he’s been married five times. What? No that doesn’t add up to Alexander. But it’ll be fine, Maverick, really. They’ve got a lot more in common than anybody. Three of them are from Carolina! And they’re also married. They’re family. Like the song!
But wait! The others get the door open! And the ref is still there… IT’S GO TIME!! #RunTruthRun! The others fight, Alexander rolls Truth but Robert Roode breaks it up. Eric Young covers, but No Way Jose yanks him off. Truth and Carmella get back in the elevator, and away! Wait, doesn’t the elevator still not work?
Raw presents a new episode of Firefly Fun House!
Bray finishes putting up a new sign. “Abandon All Hope Ye Who Exit Here.” That sounds familiar… But then Bray notices the audience! Kon’nichiwa, everybody! Bray’s doing some handiwork around here. But Mercy and Rambling Rabbit are fighting! Well Mercy’s tryin’ to eat him again! He ain’t food, dude. Yeah but it’s law of the jungle, dumb bunny! Oh, Mercy. Does Bray have to get The Fiend? Yeah didn’t think so. So how about letting fate decide? Bray covers his ears and… It’s Rambling Rabbit’s lucky day. He may have the floor!
Rambling Rabbit’s got a lot to say, dude. Don’t eat your friends, no matter what! He doesn’t feel safe here anymore. He needs to tell the fans what’s really going on in the Fun House, yo! Bray grabs Rambling Rabbit by the head. “Now why did you have to go and do that?” Bray throws Rambling Rabbit down, and has a mallet! No not the mallet, dude! SMASH! SMASH! And yes, SMASH! Oh is he okay? Doesn’t look it. Bray takes a taste. Yowie wowie, he’s delicious! Which reminds Bray. Today’s sponsor: Rambling Rabbit’s Bohemian Breakfast Spread. Start every morning, with a smash! Now remember, Fireflies. Bray will always light the way. You just have to let him in. Okay bye~!
What are the chances Truth accept that invite to the Fun House now?
Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens, Special Outside Enforcer: Sami Zayn!
The Beastslayer is ready for anything, but will he be able to handle the Prizefighter when he has someone backing him at ringside?
Raw returns as Kevin makes his entrance, followed by Sami dressed in referee stripes. Sami and the main ref shake hands, and Sami promises he’ll be fair and square. Sami doesn’t trust Rollins as he checks all the spots, and assures Kevin Rollins has nothing illegal on him. HE then checks Kevin and Kevin is okay. Rollins isn’t so sure, since Sami barely checked Kevin in comparison. The bell rings, and we finally begin.
Rollins and Kevin circle and tie up. Kevin waistlocks on the bad ribs, but Rollins pries free to a wristlock and wrench. Kevin ropebreaks but Rollins holds on until 3 to yank on 4! Sami protests as does Kevin, but the ref says that was all within the legal gray area. Rollins and Kevin circle again and Kevin gets a leg. Rollins blocks but Kevin spins and wrenches the arm. Kevin has Rollins on one knee, but Rollins works his way back up. Rollins rolls and handsprings to wrench back and nsapmare Kevin to a ghost pin, TWO! But Rollins keeps on Kevin with the arm. Rollins rolls Kevin but Sami is busy talking to the other ref! Kevin gets away, and Rollins tells Sami to cut it out. Kevin attacks Rollins from behind!
Fans boo as Kevin stomps into Rollins. The ref counts and Kevin backs off to say “This is MY show!” But Rollins puts Kevin in a corner and throws hands! But Sami pulls Rollins away! Sami tells the ref that Rollins can’t be bending rules like that. Rollins still dropkicks Kevin down, then follows him outside. Sami keeps Rollins back to check on Kevin. But Rollins gets around Sam, only to get thrown into barriers! Kevin DDT’s Rollins down and gets back in the ring. “Who’s the man now?!” Kevin gloats while we go to break.
Raw returns once more, and Rollins endures a chinlock. He fights his way up, and Jawbreakers free! But he runs into Kevin’s backbreaker! Kevin bends Rollins back across his knee, and mocks the #BurnItDown chants. “He’s not burning nothing down!” Kevin kicks Rollins in the ribs, then dropkicks him in the back! He mocks Rollins’ pain, then covers, ONE! Sami discusses things with the ref, but Kevin mocks the fans cheering for Rollins. Rollins gets up, bleeding from an eyebrow, but Kevin puts him in the corner. Kevin throws body shots then mocks the fans more. Rollins staggers away but Kevin punches him around the ring. Kevin fireman’s carries but Rollins slips out and throws hands. And CHOPS! But Kevin knees low to then run, but into a Slingblade!
Rollins brings Kevin up but can’t suplex with the bad ribs. Kevin fireman’s carries to a gut buster! Kevin climbs up top, Swanton gets knees! Fans cheer as Rollins saves himself. Kevin bails out and Sami stays close. Rollins gets up and builds speed, to run into a right hand! Kevin drags Rollins up to hip and pop-up, but Rollins lands on his feet. Rollins kicks, Kevin ducks to roll Rollins up, but Rollins rolls through to SUPERKICK Kevin! Kevin SUPERKICKS back! Rollins PELES! Both men are down and Sami is worried for his friend. Rollins gets up first and to a corner to climb up top. But Sami gets in the ring!? He’s supposed to be the outside enforcer! But he’s bending rules again to check on Kevin. Rollins hops down to argue with Sami, but Kevin rolls Rollins up! TWO, and Rollins dumps Kevin out!
Rollins builds speed again, to DIVE onto Kevin and Sami! Rollins puts Kevin back in, CURB STOMP! Cover, but Sami yanks the ref! Sami insists Rollins be disqualified for hitting Sami in that dive! The ref says that was Sami’s fault. Sami gets back in the ring and tells Rollins off. Rollins seethes as he stands back up. Sami reminds Rollins he is an official. Rollins says Sami is just a slimy snake! He grabs Sami, but Sami calls for the bell!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by disqualification
Sami says that’s how it is, because Rollins assaulted an official, aka Sami! Rollins is seething even more while Kevin feebly celebrates. Rollins DECKS Sami! And then rains down rights! But Corbin appears and attacks! The Lone Wolf takes advantage of a distracted Rollins to stomp and punch him down! Corbin grabs a chair and grins as he aims at Rollins. But Rollins mule kicks Corbin back! Rollins has the chair and Corbin runs away! Sami runs into the chair! SMACK across the back! Rollins SMACKS Sami again! Rollins glares at Corbin, making sure he knows this is the Lone Wolf’s fate! And he goes back to Sami to SMACK, SMACK, SMACK! And he’s not done! He rips the referee shirt off Sami to put him back in the ring. Rollins again makes sure Corbin sees… the CURB STOMP!
San Jose is fired up with Rollins, but will Rollins #BurnItDown at Stomping Grounds? Or will Corbin find the perfect referee to stack things in his favor?
For the disappointing episodes the last few weeks, and the over-hyped Super Showdown turning into a fiasco, this Raw was actually pretty good. Sure, we open with a big talking segment, but it does set up things for Stomping Grounds. Which, by the way, is apparently the successor to 2018’s Great Balls of Fire with its dumb logo and dumber catchphrase. That PPV’s match card is looking more like it should be WWE Recycled Materials, because we’re getting rematches from everywhere. Granted, rivalries are built on rematches, but at this point in time, it just feels like one too many of them are happening. I do appreciate them adding a special guest referee to Rollins VS Corbin, who I’m guessing will be… PAUL HEYMAN! That way, Heyman can screw Rollins over one way or another to make it that much easier for Lesnar.
Rollins VS Owens w/ Sami as “outside enforcer” was pretty good in a nutshell, and of course Sami helps Kevin win. But Rollins seems to be gaining this aggressive side give his supposed obsession with Lesnar. Again, this would work so much better as a build to Extreme Rules because then a No Disqualifications match would allow Rollins to let all this anger out without it being cheating. Maybe Rollins can keep the edge sharp so that he and his opponent at Extreme Rules, who better be someone different, can go to the limit, making it even more possible for Lesnar to strike. With Lars dominating Lucha House Party, maybe he’ll move up to the Universal title come Extreme Rules?
The 24/7 Championship gag this week was pretty creative, trapping Truth and a random assortment in an elevator. It at least allowed EC3 to speak and show even a little of his personality. I wonder if Truth will ever truly be dethroned as the 24/7 Champion, I can’t see someone being better than him. Meanwhile, Vince really screwed everyone over with the WWE Women’s Tag titles changing. Peyton & Billie win a meaningless match, but at least it feeds into their Heel characters. Hopefully we get a real build for Stomping Grounds so that Kairi Sane & Asuka are contenders and take those titles away. Then with the Raw Tag Team Championships, we get a pretty good Triple Threat, but I really would’ve loved a Tornado. But at least Revival win as Heels should, and maybe Stomping Grounds gives us a fresh Revival VS Usos build to redeem Vince’s juvenile one.
I really hope we’re getting something big for the WWE United States Championship come Stomping Grounds. That PPV would be much better if we had a Six Pack Challenge or something for the title. We got a great set of promos out of Miz TV from all the contenders and Joe himself, and we can go into a specific one like Joe VS Miz for Extreme Rules. A personal feud like Joe does would be great with Miz, and an Extreme Rules blow-off would definitely fit such a thing. The Six Man Tag was great, but I hope Cesaro isn’t as badly hurt as he looks. That 630 hit him high on the leg but he clutched at his knee, so it’s anyone’s guess as to where that leg is really injured.
I’m still confused on this Alexa Bliss thing. To be fair, she’s always been two-faced on the main roster, so perhaps that’s all this is. She did a classic move of saying Bayley’s done all the horrible things she’s done, so that helps the build. The match of both champs VS both contenders was good, and Lacey does another good Heel move of using anyone and everyone around to get the drop on the Faces. Nikki obviously showed some skepticism but for now she’s still Alexa’s unwitting puppet. I still don’t see Alexa winning the SmackDown title as a Raw superstar, but maybe something happens to expose the truth to Nikki and then they feud going towards Extreme Rules. Lacey still isn’t winning at Stomping Grounds, either, as far as I can tell. Maybe Alexa switches focus to Raw to take Becky on.
My Score: 8/10