Tonight’s Raw comes to us live from the Fiserv Center in Milwaukee, WI. Seth Rollins plans to issue an Open Challenge for the Intercontinental Championship and more!
Raw kicks off with Acting Raw GM Baron Corbin in the ring with Bobby Lashley, Lio Rush, and Drew McIntyre. The group is out to gloat over putting Braun Strowman on the shelf thanks to their attack last week. Corbin believes there is no way Braun will be cleared in time for their match at TLC, one that holds Corbin’s title of GM in the balance. Despite a video filled with threats made by Strowman, everyone remains unphased. Suddenly the lights go out and when they turn on Elias is waiting to sing us his new song. It’s a song for Lashley entitled, “Lashley Sucks”. The crowd loves it because well, Lashley sucks.
Elias vs. Bobby Lashley: I’m starting to enjoy Elias as a good guy, especially from a ringwork perspective. Elias really shines when fighting from underneath. Lashley as a bad guy is not bad either. All Lashley has to do is pose and the crowd boos like crazy. Elias has multiple comebacks but he has to deal with Corbin and Co. on the outside. Elias has things won after a picture perfect elbow drop but the referee was pulled out of the ring by Lio Rush. The referee is irate and calls for the DQ. Corbin says that since Elias interrupted him he wasn’t able to notify everyone that this was a No Disqualification match. Elias attempted to use his guitar but he was dropped by Drew and Bobby. They destroy Elias’ guitar which motivates Elias to stand and fight. Corbin attacks Elias from behind with a chair. On the outside, McIntyre hits Elias with an Alabama Slam, Elias’ head colliding with the steel steps. Corbin and McIntyre stand Elias up so Lashley can mock the Braun Strowman lap around the ring before Lashley absolutely slices Elias in half with a vicious Spear. Lashley throws Elias back in the ring, hits a couple poses and pins Elias with a nonchalant cover for the win.
Backstage, Baron Corbin appoints Alexa Bliss in charge of the entire Women’s Division.
It looks like Dean Ambrose won’t be in the arena tonight. He is too busy getting vaccinated for every bacterial disease on the planet. Those were some big f-ing needles.
Lucha House Party vs. The Revival: This is a rematch from last week which means that this match is under Lucha Rules meaning all three members of Lucha compete against The Revival. This is actually pretty unfair so I don’t see how this is doing Lucha House Party any favors. The Revival is only able to get a little bit of offense in. Kalisto hits the Salida del Sol, Gran Metalik hits a Senton, and Lince Dorado caps it off with a Shooting Star Press for the win.
Nia Jax comes down to the ring to milk the fact that she broke Becky Lynch’s face some more and talk trash on her TLC opponent Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey. Nia mocks Ronda’s no-nonsense attitude which draws out Ronda herself. The Champion challenges Nia to a match that Nia declines. It looks as though Nia and her buddy Tamina are going to jump Ronda until Natalya runs down to provide backup. Natalya is cut off on the bottom of the ramp and jumped by the Riott Squad. Ronda runs off the Riott Squad.
AOP (w/ Drake Maverick) (c) vs. Chad Gable and Bobby Roode for the Raw Tag Team Championships: Drake takes Bobby Roode’s $10,000 robe and wears it mocking Roode. Roode and Gable took it to AOP but here is when things get weird. Drake is backstage and he takes a piss on Bobby Roode’s robe. Roode, who can see what is happening on the big screen, is furious. The distraction allows AOP to hit their powerbomb-neck breaker combination for the win and AOP keeps their titles.
Ember Moon (w/ Curt Hawkins) vs. Alicia Fox (w/ Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers): A fairly quick match with Ember winning with the Eclipse. Curt Hawkins is celebrating as if he was the one to win the match.
Jinder Mahal vs. No Way Jose: The crowd is so quiet you would think they were watching a funeral. Mahal dominated the majority of the match. Jose had a quick comeback and even broke out a hip toss into a suplex that I thought was neat. Mahal hits a Stun Gun on Jose followed by the Khallas for the win.
Seth Rollins is not falling for the idea that Dean Ambrose isn’t here tonight but either way tonight Rollins initiates the Open Challenge for the Intercontinental Championship.
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship: It felt terribly underwhelming for Ziggler to be the one to answer the challenge but these two do have incredible matches. The beginning of this match was very slow and methodical with both men just looking to get the upper hand on the other. Dolph kept things mostly on the ground while commentary noted Seth looks off his game tonight. We are back from break with both men getting to their feet then Rollins controlling the offense. Rollins hits a springboard clothesline for two. Rollins was on top but Ziggler cut him off. Ziggler tries for a Superplex but it is blocked by Rollins. Dolph tries once again at the top but he is shoved off. Rollins leaps with a Frog Splash but he hits nothing but canvas. Dolph follows it with a Famouser but only gets two. Rollins escapes a sleeper hold and looks to put things away. Ziggler avoids a Curbstomp and connects with a Zig Zag for only two. Dolph is first to his feet and is tuning up the band but stops when he sees Rollins may be out of it. Ziggler talks trash until Rollins rolls him up for two. Ziggler spikes him with a DDT. Ziggler heads to the top but Rollins meets him there just in time to hit his Superplex into a Falcon Arrow. With that Rollins gets the win in another fantastic match between these two.
Alexa Bliss held an open forum for fans to ask Sasha Banks and Bayley questions. This was just a diversion to allow Mickie James, Alicia Fox, and Dana Brooke to beat Sasha and Bayley down. Sasha and Bayley fight the women off and clean house while Alexa Bliss bails it out of the ring. Anytime there is one of these goofy segments with Bliss it always flat.
Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin: This one was pretty back and forth until we come back from commercial break with Corbin taking control on offense. Balor had an opening but Corbin halts it with a forearm smash. Corbin in total control of the match. Balor gets a breather after Corbin with a leg sweep and double stomp. Balor goes for the Shotgun dropkick but Corbin turns it into Deep Six for two. A brief struggle allows for Finn to get some separation from Corbin and connects with the Shotgun dropkick. Corbin goes to the outside and gets on the mic. Corbin proclaims this match to be a 2 on 1 Handicap Match and his partner is Drew McIntyre. Before Drew can get to the ring Balor takes out Corbin and hits Drew with a Tope. Balor sprints around the ring and hits another Shotgun dropkick sending Corbin into the Timekeeper’s area. This allows Drew to come from behind and attack Balor. McIntyre beats Balor down to a pulp then rolls him back into the ring for a Claymore Kick for the win.
After the match, Bobby Lashley comes down to the ring and each man in Corbin’s camp takes a turn dropping Balor with their finisher. The show ends with McIntyre, Lashley, and Corbin standing over a broken Finn Balor.
Overall there was nothing special about this Raw. It just felt like a throwaway show and nothing they tried to make seem like a big deal came anything close to a big deal. If there was anything to look out for it would be another great match in the Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler feud.