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
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