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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (5/4/20)

Crews’ misfortune is another’s opportunity!

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WWE Raw Coverage 3.0

Raw gives its roster one last chance!

Apollo Crews’ knee injury means he’s OUT of Money in the Bank! Who survives the Gauntlet to then head for WWE headquarters?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Money in the Bank Last Chance Gauntlet: AJ Styles wins and advances to the MITB Corporate Ladder match.
  • Ricochet & Cedric Alexander VS Shane Thorne & Brendan Vink; Thorne & Vink win.
  • The Street Profits VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
  • Charlotte Flair VS Liv Morgan; Flair wins.
  • Drew McIntyre VS Buddy Murphy w/ Seth Rollins; McIntyre wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw opens with MVP’s VIP Lounge.

Montel Vontavius Porter welcomes us back to Raw and his lounge. He admits things went sideways last week when he had the MITB men’s competitors as his guests. Things didn’t go to plan, unless the plan was to be a brawl. But moving on from that, this week is a return to style, sophistication and class. This week he has the MITB women’s competitors! Though, the last time they were all together, it was also brutal chaos. A Triple Threat became a brawl involving the ladders at ringside, and a no contest. But even knowing all that, MVP gives introductions to the Empress of Tomorrow! Asuka heads to the ring and MVP speaks to her in Japanese. He confirms she’s very excited to be here. Second out is the Queen of Spades, Shayna Baszler! Asuka takes a seat and is no longer happy. Shayna sits far away from Asuka as MVP introduces the Irresistible Force, Nia Jax!

All three women are in the ring now, and Nia sits on the table just so she isn’t near the others. MVP says these three better get comfortable now because they’ll be way out of their comfort zones in the most unique MITB match ever. Nia is the most powerful superstar in this match-up, but does she have the skill set needed to make it past all the way to the roof, then to the top of a ladder to take down the briefcase? Skill set? Does MVP even watch Raw? Has he not seen Nia dominate and destroy? She is relentless, and that is all she needs to do that again this Sunday. Asuka responds in Japanese and says she’s doing this for Kairi! Nia is very rude, with her big booty! That’s NOT VIP. MVP turns to Shayna, the cage fighter with her own unique set of skills. How will that help her win MITB? Shayna dusts off her jeans before saying, “Opera non verba.” That’s Latin.

But if she needs to spell it out for everyone, it’s that all she needs is her action. Isn’t that right, Asuka? Asuka is upset again, but Shayna just mocks her chatter. Asuka says that Shayna may have it EZ-PZ in the Chamber, it won’t be the same here. Also, she has no manners! That’s also NOT VIP. The two stare down while Nia just minds her own business, but then they BOOT her down! Nia crashes through the table and MVP jumps in to prevent another brawl on his show. Please, save it for the PPV. The Empress and the Queen of Spades have both shown what they bring to the table. But who will be feasting as Ms. MITB 2020?

 

Money in the Bank Last Chance Gauntlet!

Apollo Crews suffered a knee injury in his WWE United States Championship challenge, and is now OUT of the MITB match. The Rocky Mountain Machine, Bobby Lashley, looks to run the gauntlet to punch his ticket! His first opponent is the Real Deal, Titus O’Neil! Is Titus about to make a million dollar move? Or will he bust before even cashing in?

Bobby Lashley VS Titus O’Neil!

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Titus manages to power Lashley back. Lashley knees low but Titus throws haymakers! Titus has Lashley in a corner and CHOPS, but Lashley turns things around. Titus dodges and ROCKS Lashley again! Titus whips but Lashley dodges and SPEARS him down! Cover, Lsahley ELIMINATES Titus! One down, but we don’t know how many men are being given a chance! All we know is that next up is… Akira Tozawa! Lashley grins as he welcomes the former Cruiserweight Champion into the ring. Will the Stamina Monster be the next to fall?

Bobby Lashley VS Akira Tozawa!

Tozawa slides in and under Lashley to hit the spinning roundhouse! Tozawa climbs up top and leaps, to missile dropkick! Lashley staggers but stays up. Tozawa runs, but into a SPEAR! Cover, Lashley ELIMINATES Tozawa! Another one bites the dust, but here comes the Gold Standard, Shelton Benjamin!

Bobby Lashley VS Shelton Benjamin!

Benjamin is in but Lashley clobbers him! Lashley goes to bump Benjamin off buckles but Benjamin gets him first! Benjamin climbs up now, leaps and hits a BLOCKBUSTER! Benjamin throws haymakers but Lashley kicks low. Lashley forearms and whips, but Benjamin holds ropes. Benjamin dumps Lashley out and then step-up KNEES him back! Slingshot FACEBUSTER to the apron! Benjamin has Lashley down and hurries to get him back in. Lashley RAMS Benjamin into barriers instead! The ref reprimands Lashley but he RAMS Benjamin again. Lashley refreshes the count before he throws Benjamin into more barriers! The count climbs but Lashley puts Benjamin in at 6. Lashley takes aim from the corner, Benjamin stands, and Benjamin hurdles the spear! Lashley blocks the kick but gets the DRAGON WHIP! Only to SPEAR!! Cover, Lashley ELIMINATES Benjamin! That’s three, but here comes Humberto Carrillo! Can Ultimo Ninja stop the hot streak?

Bobby Lashley VS Humberto Carrillo!

Raw returns and Lashley grinds his boot into Carrillo’s chest. He lets off at the ref’s count but drags Carrillo up to throw haymakers. Lashley whips Carrillo corner to corner but runs into a BOOT! Carrillo goes up, leaps, but into Lashley’s arms for a SLAM! Lashley runs to run Carrillo over with a shoulder! Lashley grins as he toys with Carrillo. He drags Carrillo up to gut wrench and Canadian rack. But Carrillo escapes the Dominator, and then slips to the apron to enziguri! Carrillo goes up and leaps to missile dropkick! Lashley goes down, Carrillo somersault moonsaults! Cover, TWO! Carrillo hurries to the top rope again. Lashley stops him with a haymaker, then TOSSES him to the mat! Lashley aims and runs in, to corner clothesline! He stomps a mudhole into Carrillo but lets up at the ref’s count of 4.

Lashley goes after Carrillo with hammering hands but the ref has to pull him off. Lashley won’t stop, and even shoves the ref! The ref tells him that’s a disqualification! Lashley ELIMINATES HIMSELF! The Machine is furious and he THROWS Carrillo again, and SPEARS him! Lashley won’t let off Carrillo and referees rush the ring. They back him off and Lashley storms off, but here comes Angel Garza! El Latino es en la casa to pick the bones. Will Carrillo be able to recover and overcome his cocky cousin?

Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega VS Humberto Carrillo!

Raw returns again and Garza digs his knee into Carrillo in the corner. Garza lets up at 4 to stand Carrillo up. Garza wraps Carrillo’s arms around the ropes and pulls! The ref counts but Garza lets up at 4 again, to CHOP! Garza mocks his cousin’s pain but runs into an elbow! Carrillo hops up but Garza trips him up to dropkick the legs out! Vega applauds as the pants come off! Garza throws the pants at Carrillo then drags him around to stomp. Garza hits a Jeff Hardy like leg-splitting leg drop, and then adds a basement dropkick to it! Cover, TWO! Garza keeps his cool as he stands on Carrillo’s head and pulls on an arm. Carrillo endures the armlock as Garza adds a leg to it. Garza bends Carrillo back but Carrillo refuses to give up. Garza hammers the ribs and pulls on the body again, but still Carrillo endures.

Backstage, Lashley is seething and Lana tries to soothe him. She says if she was in his corner, she could’ve done something. Lashley says, “Not now,” and storms off again. Back to the ring, Vega likes what she sees as Garza grinds Carrillo more. But Carrillo fights up and hip tosses free! Garza catches a kick to give a knee! And then dragon sleepers to an inverted rebound suplex! And SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Carrillo still lives and Garza grows frustrated. Garza looms over Carrillo and scuffs him with his foot. Vega and Garza mock Carrillo’s pain as Garza whips. Carrillo BOOTS back! And then huricanranas! Garza flounders, ducks a kick but gets hit by the enziguri! Cover, TWO! Carrillo keeps close, and hits a moonsault, onto knees! Cover, TWO! Garza clubs his cousin for that, then drags him up into a camel clutch. Carrillo endures all over again as Garza pulls back on the neck.

Garza grabs a leg and pulls it up. Then he gets the other leg. Garza gets the arms back, and has the Mexican swing! But Carrillo rolls and pops out, only for Garza to roll him! Carrillo gets his shoulders up before a count, but Garza pushes him down with both hands. ONE, and Garza tries again, TWO! Garza is losing his cool but Vega coaches him up. Garza drags Carrillo to a drop zone, goes up, MOUNTAIN TOP MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Carrillo survives again and now Vega is frustrated. Garza drags Carrillo back up and underhooks the arms. Carrillo resists but Garza gets the hooks in again. Garza lifts, but Carrillo slips up and over to sunset flip! Carrillo ELIMINATES Garza!! Vega protests, but her other client is up next! Will Austin Theory redeem himself through the gauntlet?

Humberto Carrillo VS Austin Theory w/ Zelina Vega!

Raw is picture in picture as Carrillo stands up to face #AllDay. Theory kicks low then clubs Carrillo down. He stomps Carrillo and drags him up for a scoop! Backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Theory stomps and stalks Carrillo to a corner then drags him up. He bumps Carrillo off buckles then whips corner to corner hard! Raw returns to single picture as Theory kicks and stomps Carrillo more. Carrillo gets up to ROCK Theory, but Theory comes back with body shots. Theory brings Carrillo up to snapmare down and stomp again! Cover, TWO! Theory clamps on with a rear bearhug and squeezes! Carrillo endures the damage to his ribs, fights his way up, and fights back with elbows. Theory KICKS him hard in the side, then clamps on with the bearhug again. Carrillo scrambles up but Theory wrangles him back down with a slam.

Theory keeps on the bearhug but Carrillo fights his way up again. Carrillo elbows out but Theory dropkicks him down! Theory is on Carrillo in the corner shouting, “What did I tell you?!” But Carrillo forearms and chops back! Theory clamps on with a facelock then shifts to the waistlock. Carrillo prevents the bearhug and elbows out again! Carrillo fireman’s carries but Theory escapes. Theory suplexes but Carrillo escapes to mule kick! Carrillo KICKS and springboards, into a FOREARM! Cover, TWO!! Carrillo survives again and Vega is furious! Theory drags Carrillo up, hoists him to the top rope, then CHOPS him. Theory climbs up and brings Carrillo to the very top, for a SUPERPLEX! But Carrillo cradles, and ELIMINATES Theory!! Vega’s stable just can’t get it done! But here comes the PHENOMENAL ONE!! AJ Styles has returned from the Boneyard!! He climbed out of the shallow grave, but will he be the one climbing the corporate ladder?

Humberto Carrillo VS AJ Styles!

Raw returns again as Styles drags Carrillo up, only to get a dropkick! Carrillo stomps away on Styles and throws forearms! The ref counts as Carrillo stomps in the corner, but he lets up to whip. Styles reverses, avoids Carrillo going up and over, and catches him into a waistlock. Carrillo trips Styles up but Styles pushes him away. Styles catches Carrillo into knee after knee and he dumps Carrillo down. Styles stomps Carrillo at the ropes but Carrillo gets to the apron. The ref checks on Carrillo but Styles drags Carrillo up. Styles back suplexes and dumps Carrillo on his stomach! Cover, TWO! Styles looms over Carrillo and drags him up by a chinbar. Styles uses the bearhug like Theory did and really digs in. Carrillo endures but Styles shifts to a cobra twist! Carrillo endures so Styles elbows the ribs. Styles hammers away but Carrillo powers up! ROPEBREAK!

Styles lets go but drags Carrillo back up for a side bearhug. Carrillo elbows out and throws forearms. Carrillo runs at Styles in the corner but Styles dodges. Styles runs in, blocks the boot, and hits a knee jammer! And dragon screw! Carrillo writhes but Styles comes back for more. Styles tweaks the leg and cranks on it, then gets up to set the leg on the ropes. CALF KILLER! ROPEBREAK and Styles lets go. Styles walks into an elbow but he gives forearms back. He drags Carrillo by the leg, for another dragon screw, only for Carrillo to slip out! BASEMENT DDT! Both men are down but Carrillo grits his teeth. Carrillo gets up and goes after Styles. Styles has the leg again, but Carrillo enziguris! Carrillo goes back but Styles unleashes the Phenomenal Blitz! Carrillo ducks the back hand to ENZIGURI! Both men are down again!

Styles and Carrillo crawl to opposite ends and stand. Carrillo runs corner to corner, but into a boot! Styles goes up, QUEBRADA, but Carrillo counters the DDT to a cradle! TWO, and DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES rock both men! Carrillo walks into a waistlock, tries for the trip up but Styles counters! Styles has the pump handle, lifts and GUT BUSTERS! Styles drags Carrillo into the CALF KILLER!! Carrillo taps, Styles wins!!

Winner: AJ Styles, by submission (advances to the MITB Corporate Ladder Match)

NOW the field is complete! The Phenomenal One is the sixth and final man in the match, but will he be the one to win it all?

Wait! Styles isn’t done with Carrillo! He drags him to the corner to SLAM the leg against the post! And again! And again! The Boneyard has brought out the darkness in Styles as he keeps on Carrillo’s leg! Will this same brutality be what helps Styles stand atop the WWE as Mr. Phenomenal in the Bank?

AJ Styles still isn’t finished, as he grabs a mic. “I’m not a zombie! I’m not a ghost!” This is truly the Phenomenal AJ Styles! And there’s no Undertaker to steal his spotlight this time! Styles got buried at WrestleMania, but so what? He admits it and understands it, but he didn’t lose anything! There are no rules in the Boneyard. But that was then, this is now. Styles has seized his opportunity! He is now in “the most unique Money in the Bank Ladder Match, and it’s worth it.” In fact, Styles vows to do anything, and he means anything to get the contract. If that means throwing Rey Mysterio or Aleister Black off the very top of WWE HQ, “then so be it.” They haven’t been through what he’s been through, and they haven’t seen what he’s seen. Styles is going to rewrite the history books on “Greatest Moments in MITB History.” Because the truth is, AJ Styles will be number one with that contract and its guaranteed title match. Then Mr. MITB will finally be phenomenal.

 

Raw relives the Top Ten Greatest MITB Moments!

Coming in at #10, it’s 2017’s MITB Ladder Match, and AJ Styles giving Kevin Owens Ushigoroshi onto a ladder! Somehow neither ladder nor Kevin’s back were broken by that. At #9 was 2018 and the inaugural Women’s MITB Ladder Match! And Ember Moon giving Sasha Backs a springboard crossbody onto a ladder! There’s already a trend here. Moment #8 was 2013, when Daniel Bryan finally became WWE World Champion, only for the Viper in the Bank to cash-in. And for the Authority to screw Bryan over! HHH gave Bryan a PEDIGREE, leaving him vulnerable, and allowing Randy Orton to become champion instead. What will be the other seven greatest moments in MITB history?

 

Seth Rollins heads to the ring!

The Monday Night Messiah has been Mr. MITB and is surely on the Top Ten Greatest Moments list one way or another. But for now, he sits with Charly Caruso for an in-ring interview. Before challenging Drew McIntyre this Sunday, Rollins’ disciple, Buddy Murphy, will face the champion tonight. Does Rollins have any alst minute predictions? Rollins says that whatever is meant to be will be. With that said, Rollins has the utmost confidence in Murphy. Then how about Rollins’ own preparation for a man as dominant as McIntyre? An interesting question. McIntyre truly is a dominant champion, a fighter, a warrior and an honorable man. But Rollins said it before and will say it again: McIntyre is not a leader. It is not McIntyre’s destiny to be the champion that takes Raw into the future. That is Rollins’ destiny. So what the question really is: How is Rollins preparing to meet his destiny?

McIntyre will put up a great fight, but the title means too much to him. Rollins is willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good of destiny. Everyone thinks Rollins is trying to take something from McIntyre. That’s not true! Being a champion and being a leader is more than just what you do in the ring. You represent an entire generation, and all the generations that came before you. You represent the entire industry! That is the responsibility of a leader. McIntyre is not ready for the pain, suffering, agony and despair that comes with being a champion of that level! Rollins isn’t trying to crush anyone’s dreams or take anything from anyone. Rollins is trying to take that burden upon himself and save McIntyre. That is the truth. At MITB, Rollins’ destiny becomes reality when he stands in the ring, hands held high, and the announcement rings true. “And NEW WWE Champion, The Monday Night Messiah, SETH. Rollins.” A powerful prediction for an intense showdown, but will destiny be able to #BurnItDown?

 

Shane Thorne and Brendan Vink prepare backstage.

They have a match coming up, and MVP comes over to check on his new guys. The match against Ricochet & Cedric Alexander is up next but MVP couldn’t resist giving them a quick pep talk. “Great moments are born from great opportunity.” And that is what they have here tonight. Isn’t that from Miracle? YES! And it is a miracle that “two of Australia’s finest” have this opportunity against two of Raw’s fliest! Yeah, that sounds great! They lost once, but not again. Cedric and Ricochet will have all the opportunity to tell everyone how they lost to Shane Thorne and Brendan Vink. MVP likes where this is going, but is it really going the way he hopes?

 

Backstage interview with Buddy Murphy.

The disciple faces the Scottish Stud. Why has he been so loyal to Rollins this entire time? Murphy says that Rollins took him under his wing when it benefited them both. They needed each other, and Murphy has learned and developed. Hopefully one day, Murphy is on the same level as Rollins. Or, maybe even better. But they know this day will come, later. Tonight is about getting back at McIntyre for that Claymore. If Rollins says he can beat McIntyre, then he can. But Murphy knows he can. Will Murphy be proven right or wrong in the main event?

 

Ricochet & Cedric Alexander VS Shane Thorne & Brendan Vink!

The fast, the furious and the fliest tag team has a rematch with the Worst and the Smug! Will Thorne and Vink still feel like Australia’s finest after this second time around?

The teams sort out, and Alexander starts against Vink. Alexander bobs ‘n’ weaves, haymakers and chops, but Vink shrugs it off. Alexander avoids Vink’s grasp and throws more chops! But he starts to hurt his own hand. Alexander dodges again and boots Vink away! Alexander hops up and over and baits Vink in, but Vink grabs him! Vink TOSSES Alexander to the Aussie corner then tags in Thorne. Thorne uppercuts Alexander down, but Alexander rolls him up! TWO but Alexander basement dropkicks Thorne down! Alexander staggers up and drags Thorne over to tag Ricochet. Uppercut to waistlock, feed to a knee! Neckbreaker backbreaker combo! Cover, TWO! Ricochet drags Thorne up and tags Alexander back in. They mug Thorne and Alexander CHOPS Thorne. ALexander whips Thorne corner to corner, but is put on the apron. Vink runs over but ALexander avoids the cheap shot. But Thorne blasts Alexander off with an elbow!

Tag to Vink and the 6’5″ Aussie throws Alexander hard into barriers! Alexander writhes but Vink kicks him while he’s down. Vink drags Alexander up and into the ring, then clamps on with a half camel clutch. Alexander endures being bent back, and fights his way up. Alexander throws hands but can’t get away. He throws haymakers but Vink whips him. Alexander handsprings, to hit the NEURALIZER! Thorne tags in but misses the diving catch! Hot tag to Ricochet! The One and Only rallies with fast hands and a whip. Thorne reveres but Ricochet springboards to crossbody! Vink runs into the dropkick-flip and enziguri! Thorne grabs Ricochet to whip to a corner. Ricochet dodges and enziguris! Ricochet hoists Thorne up for a NO HANDS RANA! Tag to Alexander and Ricochet whips him in for a big forearm! And a FLYING dropkick! TORNADO DDT! Cover, but Vink breaks it!

Vink runs at Ricochet but gets dumped out! Ricochet hustles back and Alexander drags Thorne up. Alexander wants the Lumbar Check but Thorne resists with elbows. Alexander elbows Thorne away, Vink tags in! To get a KNEE! Alexander brings Vink over, tags in Ricochet, and Ricochet heads up top. But Vink knows what’s coming and pulls Alexander’s hair! Vink whips Alexander at the corner but Ricochet leaps over. Ricochet SUPERKICKS Vink then front kicks him. Thorne runs in and CANNONBALLS Alexander! Ricochet SUPERKICKS Thorne but Vink BOOTS Ricochet! Cover, Vink and Thorne WIN!!

Winners: Shane Thorne & Brendan Vink, by pinfall

MVP’s motivational speech actually worked! Australia’s Finest just got their first win and it was a big one! Are they going to become Raw’s newest VIP’s?

 

Raw relives MORE of the Top Ten Greatest MITB Moments!

Coming in at #7, it is 2019’s shocking appearance by BRRROCK! LENSARRR! Just as Mustafa Ali was about to becoming Mr. Money in the Bank, Lesnar appeared to fill the empty spot and completely turn things upside-down! No one could stop Lesnar from becoming the BEAST in the Bank, or having his #BrockParty as Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston both wondered who he would target. Moment #6 is all the way back in 2006! Shelton Benjamin used a ladder as a launching pad for the craziest tope ever! Moment #5 was also from 2019, when the Hugger in the Bank, Bayley, chose to cash-in on PPV night! The Queen, Charlotte Flair, couldn’t thwart her attempts, and Bayley became the first-ever WWE Women’s Grand Slam Champion! One of the biggest moments ever but there’s still four more to go! Who made the top of the list?

 

The Street Profits VS The Viking Raiders!

Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are the Raw Tag Team Champions, but Erik & Ivar won’t let them forget it didn’t come off of them. This match may be non-title, but it will prove whether or not the Profits can finally overcome the raid!

Before the match, the Profits grab some mics. “Tonight, the fam is in the WWE Performance Center!” Professor Dawkins needs to school the WWE Universe on the history of this building. Dawkins says that the WWE PC is where it all started. It’s where Dawkins and Ford met, where they broke bread and became brothers. This is where the Profits were born. But it ain’t all good, either. Because ever since the Viking Raiders signed up and came to the PC, the Profits have been chasing after them. But the chase ends tonight! The Profits are UP, and #WeWantTheSmoke! With that, the Viking Raiders make their entrance, and this match begins, after the break.

Raw returns as Ford starts against Erik. Ford avoids the knees, ducks the run and hurdles over. Ford kicks, but Erik blocks to flip him back. But Ford keeps moving, and manages to land on his feet out of the back drop! The two look at each other and Dawkins gets hype. But then he gets DECKED! Ford fires off on Erik and grinds his forearm in, but lets up at 4. Ford wrenches and whips, but Erik reveres. Ford goes up and over and shows off his agility with the handspring. He tries to return the favor but Ivar gets clear of the haymaker. Erik DECKS Ford with the forearm! Ivar runs at BOOTS Dawkins on the outside! Erik lifts Ford for an EXPLODER! Ivar basement SPLASHES Dawkins! Erik gives Ford Ace Ten Mao! Tag to Ivar, Erik gut wrenches Ford up, and POWERBOMBS him! Ivar hits the WARBEARD SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Ford survives and Ivar is surprised!

Ivar glares at Ford as Ford manages to sit up. Ivar drags him up but gets a jawbreaker! Ford jumps but Ivar catches him! He still makes the tag! Dawkins fires off fast hands on Ivar! Erik gets in but gets ROCKED! Ivar swings but into a dropkick! Dawkins has Ivar and tags in Ford. Dawkins whips Ford in for a cyclone splash! Ford and Dawkins work together but Ivar slips out of assisted sliced bread! Ivar LARIATS Dawkins and tags in Erik! Ivar corner clotheslines Ford and Erik adds the SHOTGUN KNEES! Erik uses Ivar as the human weapon, hip attack! Cover, TWO!! Ford still lives! Erik is frustrated as he stalks Ford to a corner. Erik RAMS into Ford with his shoulder, then ROCKS him with a right! Ford flounders against ropes, but Erik tags in Ivar. Ivar drags Ford up and knees him hard, and clubs him harder! Ivar snapmares Ford down for a falling fist drop! Cover, TWO!

Ivar keeps on Ford with an armlock and chinbar. He grinds that forearm into Ford’s face but Ford endures. Ford fights up, but Ivar rams him into Raider territory. Tag to Erik and Erik rams into Ford again. Erik suplexes Ford but Ford slips out and rolls Erik up! TWO, Ford dodges to hot tag Dawkins! Dawkins rallies with clotheslines, then ducks under to scoop, for an EXPLODER! Erik flounders up but Dawkins decks Ivar! Dawkins gives Erik the cyclone splash, then the bulldog! Erik goes out and drags Dawkins out. Erik then runs, to DIVE into a haymaker! Dawkins dodges Ivar and POUNCES him into barriers! The Profits are back up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Dawkins has Erik down in a chinlock. Erik endures the grind as Dawkins leans on him. Dawkins talks some smack but Erik fights his way up. Erik elbows free, but Dawkins knees low. Tag to Ford and Dawkins whips Erik. Ford dropkicks Erik down and covers, TWO! Ford keeps on Erik with a cravat and crank. Erik endures again, but Dawkins tags in. The Profits mug Erik and Dawkins brings him up for haymakers. Dawkins brings Erik up but Erik ROCKS him! Tag to Ivar, and Dawkins flounders. Ivar dodges and rolls off Dawkins’ back t BOOT him down! Dawkins flounders up and avoids Ivar in the corner, but Ivar hits the SEATED SENTON! Ford runs in but Ivar cartwheels and clotheslines! The Warbeard roars as he runs at Dawkins, for the BRONCO BUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Ivar keeps his cool and brings Dawkins up. He clubs Dawkins to the corner and tags in Erik. The Viking Raiders feed Dawkins to knees back and forth! Cover, TWO! Erik keeps on Dawkins with a facelock. They go around but Erik holds on. Erik drags Dawkins up, Dawkins pops free but Erik throws him for Ace Ten Mao. Dawkins avoids the knee, then gut wrenches Erik for a suplex! Both men are down but crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Ivar and Ford! Ford dodges and rallies with fast hands! Mule kick to front kick, then Ford runs to clothesline! Ivar stays up, so Ford tires again! And again, but he has to dodge. Ivar cartwheels but into an enziguri! Ford reels Ivar in, and tries but can’t back suplex! Ivar standing switches, back suplex but Ford lands on his feet! Tag to Dawkins, enziguri and a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Back suplex splash! Cover, TWO!! Ivar survives the onslaught and the Profits are shocked!

Dawkins tags Ford back in, and they double whip Ivar. Ivar breaks the line to handspring and back elbow them both down! Ivar tags in Erik and Erik is right on Ford with a backbreaker! And then a gut buster! And then tag to Ivar, gut wrench but Ford slips out! Ford enziguris Ivar but Erik ROCKS Ford! Ford staggers, dodges, but runs into THOR’S H- NO! Dawkins SPEARS Erik and Ford escapes! Ford spins Ivar for the DDT! But Ford skips the cover to tag in Dawkins. Dawkins has Ivar up, pop-up SPINE BUSTER! FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, but Erik KNEES Dawkins off! Erik drags Ivar away to the corner, and he TOSSES Ford out! Erik tags in, but Dawkins kicks low. Dawkins runs, into THOR’s HAMMER!! Cover, the Viking Raiders win!!

Winner: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

The chase is NOT over! It has only just begun! And now, the hunters become the hunted, because Erik & Ivar are after the Raw Tag Team Championships! Are the Profits going to be second best after all?

 

Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

The WWE Champion is much more welcoming to Charly. Charly repeats Murphy’s words that he knows he can beat McIntyre. Wow, he must’ve hit Murphy harder than he thought. But Buddy, if that’s still his name, is a very confused young man. He has Rollins praising him, but it all started when Murphy was at his most vulnerable. Rollins is using Murphy because Murphy is very talented. But if Murphy is willing to be sacrificed as the disciple, and Rollins is willing to sacrifice Murphy, then who is McIntyre to deny the people the slaughter? Will McIntyre show Murphy he is just the pawn in Rollins’ game?

 

Raw relives MORE of the Top Ten Greatest MITB Moments!

Moment #4 is from 2019’s Men’s MITB match. Andrade and Balor battled atop the ladder, and El Idolo would SUPER SUNSET BOMB Balor on a ladder! There’s that trend again. Moment #3 was 2006, after John Cena won a brutal Elimination Chamber match to retain his WWE Championship. But as Vince McMahon said, “This night is not over.” The moment is actually the Rated R Superstar’s cash-in and victory! Moment #3 was 2007, Jeff Hardy giving the very same Rated R Superstar a SUPER SEATED SENTON THROUGH a ladder! The Charismatic Enigma is back, but will he give us a moment quite that crazy? And what is THE greatest moment for Money in the Bank?

 

Backstage interview with The Viking Raiders!

Erik & Ivar are obviously very happy that they won tonight. Another big victory against the Street Profits, but what do they owe their success to? Erik says that this isn’t success, this is dominance! Ivar says that they have a ton of respect for The Profits. In fact, they like Ford & Dawkins. But the truth is, the Raiders are just better. The raid is on, and tonight, just like every night, they #ExtinguishTheSmoke!

 

Aleister Black speaks.

“Tell me how it felt, AJ. In fact, tell all of us how it felt. How did it feel to be buried six feet deep, all alone in that darkness, clawing for a way out, being swallowed by darkness?” One thing it didn’t do: It didn’t humble Styles. Now Styles is talking about throwing Aleister off a building. If Styles somehow manages to do that, Aleister wants him to pray that Aleister doesn’t get back up. Because Aleister will climb the ladder and take the MITB contract. When that happens, Styles will wish that he was buried deeper.

 

Rey Mysterio speaks.

“I’ve been a WWE superstar long enough to know what to expect before any match.” Except for this Sunday. For the first time ever, this match does not take place in just a ring. It starts in WWE HQ. Six men and six women are all fighting at the same time, from the ground floor to the very roof of Titan Towers to reach those briefcases. And that means one wrong move, and that’s all one wrote. This is by far the riskiest match of anyone’s career, but it is for a briefcase with a championship match anytime, anywhere. That makes Mysterio realize that his career is closer to the end than the beginning. Mysterio isn’t sure how many more opportunities he has left. So yes, it is risky, but it is also worth the reward. Will the King of Lucha Libre become the Greatest Mask in the Bank?

 

Charlotte Flair returns to Raw!

The Queen of All Eras defends her NXT Women’s Championship match this Wednesday against the Evil Genius of the Sky, Io Shirai! She takes up the mic to say, “I am the hardest working woman in any industry.” Ever since winning this title, she has been pulling double duty! She works Mondays and Wednesdays! And if you don’t know her opponent, Shirai has wrestled all over the world. Shirai won a brutal Six Woman Ladder match to become #1 contender, but on top of all that, Shirai said that Charlotte was her dream opponent. That makes Charlotte very happy. Charlotte gets to make Shirai’s dream come true, by making her bow down to the queen. But the LIVing Embodiment makes an appearance!

Liv says hi to the Queen and asks if she remembers her. Think really, really hard. Charlotte does, and thinks Liv wants some attention, while also being taken seriously. PFFFT. No, Liv doesn’t need Charlotte to take her seriously. Not all of us are born with silver spoons shoved up our a- Mouths. And Liv didn’t have a dad to walk her to school, let alone to the front of the line. But that’s fine, because Charlotte shouldn’t worry about Liv. Liv will be a champion sooner or later. And if that means knocking down backstabbers or dethroning self-entitled royals, then Liv is blessed. Charlotte says Liv doesn’t know who Liv is, but Charlotte knows who Charlotte is. Yes, she is born as Ric Flair’s daughter with a silver spoon, but guess what? Charlotte is proud of it!

It’s a shame, because Liv was being so “authentic,” yet she said the same things about Charlotte that everyone says. Charlotte was almost expecting Liv to say Charlotte was her dream opponent, too. But in the end, they will both bow down to the Queen. Well then, why don’t we just get a ref down here and see what happens? Liv is stepping up, but will she just be a warm-up for Charlotte?

Charlotte Flair VS Liv Morgan!

Raw returns with the bell, and Liv ties up with Charlotte. Charlotte powers her to a cover and grinds her into buckles, but the ref counts. Charlotte lets up and draws a line “in the sand.” Liv steps right over and scuffs that line. They tie up again, Charlotte throws Liv down but Liv gets up. Charlotte throws her again then kips right up. Charlotte dusts herself off but Liv keeps her cool. The two circle, Liv dodges and headlocks. Charlotte rolls and pops out the back to facelock. Liv gets up, tries to bring Charlotte down then tries to power out. Charlotte stays clamped on, but Liv gets it on the second effort. Charlotte runs her over and things speed up. Liv drops down but Charlotte stops to boot her down! Charlotte taunts Liv and toys with her. Liv talks trash so Charlotte CLUBS her down. Charlotte bumps Liv off buckles and taunts some more.

Charlotte goes to bump but Liv blocks to elbow back! Liv turns around and Charlotte ROCKS her! Charlotte runs in but misses the splash, and Liv fires off! Charlotte shoves Liv away but Liv shotgun dropkicks back! Things speed up again and Liv huricanranas! Charlotte flounders to a corner, and Liv back body blocks! But Charlotte LARIATS right back! Charlotte looms over Liv and brings her up. She whips Liv to a corner, then runs in. Liv goes up and over, rolls and returns, but Charlotte dodges. Liv hops up, up and missile dropkicks! Charlotte flounders again, and Liv runs in, to be hip tossed into buckles! Charlotte stomps away in anger but the ref counts. She stops at four and struts around as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Charlotte uses the headscissors hold to RAM Liv into the mat over and over! The ref counts and Charlotte throws Liv to a corner at 4. Charlotte drags Liv up to SLAP, so Liv fires back! Charlotte runs into boots! Liv runs and swings, but into a back suplex. She slips free, kicks low then runs to LARIAT! And Liv is rallying, into the running facebuster! Liv keeps going, basement enziguri! Charlotte flounders but Liv goes up, to STOMP her down! Cover, TWO! Charlotte survives but Liv keeps her focus. Liv stalks up behind Charlotte but Charlotte elbows her away! Charlotte pops Liv up to the apron and ROCKS her with a right! Charlotte seethes as she stands Liv up, but Liv hotshots her back! Liv slides under, but Charlotte stomps the sunset flip apart! Charlotte taunts Liv, but Liv actually grins. Liv throws hyamakers and a jawbreaker! Then the tornado CODE BREAKER! Both women are down, but Liv is getting up first!

Liv runs, but Charlotte blocks the huricanrana! Charlotte brings Liv up, to POWERBOMB! High stack cover, TWO!! Now Charlotte is grinning, because she’s actually having some fun. Charlotte stalks Liv to a corner, and CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! The ref reprimands but Charlotte CHOPS once more. She argues with the ref but Liv elbows her away! Liv hops up and leaps, but into Charlotte’s arms! BOSTON CRAB! Liv endures, crawls and claws, and gets the ropebreak! Charlotte lets go at 4, but Liv drop toeholds her into ropes! Charlotte flounders to a corner, Liv runs in, but into the backbreaker and buckle shot! Liv crawls and Charlotte goes up top. But Liv goes up to forearm! Liv runs in, hops up, SUPER CODE BREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte survives but Liv tries another cover, TWO! Liv can’t believe how close she was!

Liv watches Charlotte closely as she goes to ropes. She runs in, rebounds, but into a roll-up! She slips out, but Charlotte gets the Figure Four, and FIGURE EIGHT!! Liv taps, Charlotte wins!

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission

The Queen avoids ObLIVion, and now has momentum for her match against Io Shirai! Will the Evil Genius use everything we just saw to improve her strategy? Or will the dream match become Shirai’s nightmare?

 

Raw shares THE Greatest Moment in MITB History!

It is of course, Seth Rollins’ 2015 cash-in at WrestleMania 31! He turned Lesnar VS Roman into a Triple Threat, and took the title on the Greatest Stage of Them All! The Heist of the Century truly raised the bar on all cash-ins, but will Rollins outdo even that against Drew McIntyre this Sunday?

 

Drew McIntyre VS Buddy Murphy w/ Seth Rollins!

All sides have spoken, but now it is about backing up those words. Will the Scottish Stud leave the disciple lost in #ClaymoreCountry before he goes after the Monday Night Messiah? Or will Murphy play his part in Rollins realizing his destiny?

The bell rings and Murphy circles with McIntyre. They tie up, and McIntyre shoves Murphy right down! Murphy bails out while Rollins glares from the ramp. Murphy gets in, but McIntyre blocks the kick. McIntyre pushes Murphy back but Murphy comes back with a chop! That does nothing! Murphy headlocks but McIntyre powers out. They collide, but neither falls, and Murphy SLAPS McIntyre! Murphy runs, McIntyre follows, but Murphy stops himself only to get run over! Murphy bails out again, but McIntyre pursues! McIntyre stalks up behind Murphy and BOOTS him down on the ramp! McIntyre drags Murphy up to RAM into barriers, and then into apron, and then back to barriers! And then the apron one more time! Rollins looks disappointed as McIntyre throws Murphy OVER barriers! McIntyre returns to the ring and says, “Maybe you should step up and be a leader,” Rollins! Then McIntyre fetches Murphy to snake eyes him off LED boards!

McIntyre glares at Rollins as he CHOPS Murphy! They go back to the ramp and McIntyre headlock punches Murphy down! Murphy scrambles into the ring at 5 but Rollins steps closer. McIntyre stares him down, but Murphy dropkicks back! Murphy throws McIntyre into barriers, then more barriers! McIntyre powers out but Murphy escapes the scoop to POST McIntyre! Murphy puts McIntyre in and climbs up top. Murphy leaps, METEORA! Cover, ONE!! Rollins has made his way to ringside now as Murphy Penalty Kicks McIntyre in the back! And again! But McIntyre gets up! Murphy chops but McIntyre CHOPS! McIntyre drags Murphy up to CHOP again! McIntyre whips, Murphy reverses, bobs ‘n’ weaves and fires off a strike fest! But McIntyre avoids the knee to HEADBUTT! The Glasgow Kiss rocks Murphy, and McIntyre says this is for Rollins. McIntyre says Murphy can’t give up with his leader watching. “Get to your feet, dammit!”

McIntyre runs at Murphy but Murphy boots! Murphy slips to the apron and enziguris! Murphy climbs but McIntyre CHOPS him off the ropes! He crashes into barriers, and McIntyre drags him back in. McIntyre climbs up and waits for Murphy to stand. And then he leaps to flying ax handle! And kip up! McIntyre drags Murphy up and into a fireman’s carry, to then climb up top again! But Murphy slips out to a sunset, then tucks McIntyre in for the SUPERKICK! And POWERBOMB!! Cover, ONE!? Murphy is shocked and Rollins is seething, but so is McIntyre. Murphy aims from the corner and mocks the countdown. He runs out, but McIntyre CLAYMORES!! Cover, McIntyre wins!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

The disciple has fallen, and McIntyre dares Rollins to step up and give us MITB early. McIntyre says he is an impatient man, so why wait for this “destiny” Rollins speaks of? “Fight me, Seth! C’mon, I’ll get on my damn knees if you fight me right now!” Rollins storms off, not ready for what’s coming. Will Rollins make destiny happen on his time? But wait, Rollins reappears and SUPERKICKS McIntyre down! “This is not about you, Drew!” This is BIGGER than either of them! Rollins sees the title belt and picks it up. He looks at it and surely remembers what it was like to have it for his own. But then he tosses it aside, and runs, but McIntyre avoids the stomp! McIntyre HEADBUTTS Rollins, then demands the coward get back up. But Rollins retreats again, clutching his jaw. Will McIntyre have even more than that in store for the Monday Night Messiah this Sunday?


My Thoughts:

A really good go-home right here. I like that the VIP Lounge had the women’s entrants for the MITB match, and I like how it turned out. Asuka and Shayna stand tall together, but don’t count them out of the running just yet. Becky Lynch was being advertised for next week already, because she wants after Ms. MITB regardless of brand. But I’m pretty sure that’s a telltale sign that Raw takes the Women’s MITB, because I don’t see this being the time when Fox wants to let “their” superstars work on USA Network. MVP’s audio for his pep talk with Vink and Thorne was horrible for part of it, but it was still a good promo. I did not expect Vink and Thorne to win, either. I honestly feel like MVP should’ve been using Vink and Thorne to recruit Ricochet and Alexander, but maybe there’s some kind of long game at play.

And then we got a really good Gauntlet match tonight. I’m not so sure Lashley had to lose by disqualifying himself, as a lucky roll-up would’ve been just as effective. At the same time, it does keep Lashley strong, and it strengthens the story of tension between him and Lana. Carrillo had a great performance against Garza and Theory, and what a great way for Styles to return! Styles won to finally give the match another male Heel, and he had a great return promo. Mysterio and Aleister had really good responses in their promo, and it all makes me that much more excited for this match. The tag match of Profits VS Raiders was an excellent match, and this was the right result to keep the story going. That Raw Tag Team title match is going to be like a TakeOver match, but I’m not sure which is the better result. Profits winning means they finally get out from the Raiders’ shadow, but then what do the Raiders do after losing?

Charlotte had a good promo but I feel like she and Liv stumbled somewhere in there. Why didn’t they reference the match on SmackDown that basically sent Liv into this reinvention of herself? The match was really good, though, especially for Liv. But of course Charlotte wins, she’s a champion and headed for a title defense. Flair VS Shirai is going to be incredible, but win or lose, I feel like Charlotte needs to eventually choose which brand she’s on. And we got some really good promos from McIntyre, Rollins and Murphy, and a pretty good main event out of McIntyre VS Murphy. But boy did Rollins get punked out by McIntyre. He “retreats” to then be forced to retreat anyway. Murphy’s nickname at one time was the Aussie Juggernaut, but McIntyre is becoming a Scottish Juggernaut right now. I feel like the only thing that could stop McIntyre is the surprise cash-in.

My Score: 8.4/10


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