Raw kicks off with SmackDown star Roman Reigns who is going to be teaming with his cousins The Usos to take on Drew McIntyre and The Revival. The announcement is made by commentary that Brock Lesnar will be forced to cash in his Money in the Bank contract. Before Roman could get a word out he is interrupted by his Super-Showdown opponent Shane McMahon who plans to shut Roman up at SSD. Shane is talking super confident saying he may make Roman tap for the first time in his career. Roman retorts back that the only reason he’s gotten one up on Roman is that he has backup like Drew McIntyre who comes out. Looks like we’re getting Drew vs. Roman at WWE Stomping Grounds. McIntyre and Shane make their way down to the ring but The Revival sneak jump Roman from behind. The Usos come sprinting down to the ring and the 6-man tag match is underway.
Roman Reigns and The Usos vs. Drew McIntyre and The Revival: The Revival and McIntyre do a great job of working Jimmy Uso over good and preventing Jimmy from tagging in one of his partners. We come back from commercial break and we completely lose out on the tag that brought Reigns into the match. Roman is wrecking shop when he is baited to the outside by Shane McMahon. Roman goes to attack Shane but is taken out by a Claymore from McIntyre then a Shatter Machine by The Revival. McIntyre is the legal man in the match and he takes out a Uso with a Claymore for the win.
After the match, all four men beat down Roman Reigns. The attack is capped off with Shane hitting the Spear on Roman in mock fashion.
MizTV w/ Seth Rollins: The Universal Champion doesn’t think Brock Lesnar is actually going to show up. Rollins says if Lesnar does show up he would actually be relieved because he doesn’t have to stress about Brock lurking and he can just defeat him and put his focus on his SSD opponent Baron Corbin. On the big screen, an SUV pulls up and out comes Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar. It looks as though they are making their way down to the ring but then Brock has second thoughts. We go to commercial break.
Back from a break with the Lucha House Party getting beat down by Lars Sullivan until the numbers game forces Lars to retreat.
In the locker room, poor Nikki Cross has to suffer talking to the IIconics. They are chased off by Alexa Bliss who is acting unusually nice to Nikki even offering to be in her corner tonight for her match against Peyton Royce. Before we go to commercial break the Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch comes down to the ring. Becky is pretty angry with Lacey Evans costing her the SmackDown Women’s Championship. This brings out Lacey who says she can’t have a woman like Becky represent the Women’s Division of WWE. Former SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair comes down to the ring gloating that she is more than halfway to her father’s record sixteen championship reigns. There is still bad blood between Charlotte and Lacey and after some jaw-jacking between both women, Lacey attacks Charlotte.
Lacey Evans vs. Charlotte Flair: Both women start off super aggressive really making it seem like there is some truly bad blood between them. Neither woman is letting the other take control. Charlotte sends Lacey face first into the corner and it looks like Lacey is busted open a bit. That was a slow back and forth ground and pound type match. The crowd stayed cheering for Becky so she gets involved in the match causing a disqualification in the favor of Lacey Evans.
Rey Mysterio is out to relinquish the United States Champion due to being injured at the hands of Samoa Joe. Rey actually relinquishes the title back to Joe due to the wrong call made during their match at Money in the Bank. Rey willingly gives up the title to Joe but as he’s leaving the ring Joe puts Rey in the Coquina Clutch.
We are getting an arm wrestling match between Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley. What is this 1995?
Strowman wins the arm wrestling match and while he was celebrating Bobby tosses chalk in his eyes. Lashley hits Strowman with the Running Powerslam, Strowman’s own move.
Drake Maverick is on the hunt for R-Truth and the 24/7 Championship.
Nikki Cross (w/Alexa Bliss) vs. Peyton Royce: This match was pretty much dominated by Royce which makes sense since she is a Tag Team Champion. Alexa tries to distract Peyton with some coffee but Peyton knocks the coffee out of Alexa’s hand spilling it everywhere. Alexa slips on the coffee ruining her white jeans. As Billie Kay and Peyton laugh at Alexa, who is stuck in a catatonic state, Nikki hits Peyton with a neckbreaker variation for the win. Alex, still in a state of shock, begins to seethe with anger. She gets in the ring and hits Billie with a DDT. Nikki is the one that gets Alexa out of her state of anger so they can celebrate Nikki’s win.
Brock Lesnar is backstage getting ready for his match tonight while Rollins makes his way down to the ring before a commercial break. When we come back from break Rollins is ready for Brock who is playing mind games but doesn’t come down to the ring. The man who does come down to the ring is Baron Corbin, the #1 contender for the Universal Championship. Corbin says just like he did Kurt Angle, he wants to retire Seth Rollins. Both men begin to brawl win Rollins getting the upper hand. The music of Brock Lesnar hits when suddenly Corbin downs Rollins with End of Days. Brock Lesnar finally comes down to the ring with Heyman, a referee, and a steel chair. Lesnar begins to beat Rollins down viciously before even cashing in the contract. Heyman is absolutely pleading with Brock to cash in the contract and Brock repeatedly saying, “Friday”. Brock comes back and beats Rollins down some more. After a short while officials come to the ring a stretcher Rollins out of the ring area and taken to a hospital via ambulance.
This week’s edition of the Firefly Funhouse is all about physical fitness with Huskus the Pig. This is like a bad acid trip.
Triple H comes down to the ring and is greeted with NXT chants. Triple H says he’s actually here to talk about Randy Orton who wastes no time coming down to the ring. Triple H tells Randy don’t let the suit fool him to which Randy replies he is not Batista. Triple H was quite complimentary to Orton and his accomplishments but tells Randy he isn’t the one to put Triple H down. Before Triple H leaves the ring Randy wants to know if he’s going to retrieve his balls from Stephanie’s purse and bring them with him Friday.
Triple H says he will it’s just that they’re so big they’ve become a burden. But that is something Randy wouldn’t know anything about because he doesn’t have any.
Ricochet vs. Cesaro: Can these two wrestle every week? Cesaro is known as a Tag Team specialist but what a lot of people don’t know, or forget, is Cesaro working with smaller high flyers is also his area of expertise. A lot of this match was a copy of last week’s but damn it was still good. Ricochet flips, Cesaro swings, and I’m hooked. Ricochet goes for his merry-go-round headscissors. He turns it into a pin halfway through and gets the win over Cesaro.
A pissed off Cesaro attacks Ricochet. He goes to retrieve a table from under the ring but unbeknownst to him, R-Truth is laying on top of the table. The 24/7 Champion is then hunted down by everyone on the low end of the roster. Cedric Alexander hits a sick tope taking everyone out EXCEPT R-Truth who is standing in the middle of the ring. Drake Maverick has Truth right where he wants him until he is stopped dead in his tracks by a Superkick from Carmella. R-Truth and Carmella book it out of the ring and through the crowd while being chased again.
The Undertaker closes out tonight’s RAW and says he doesn’t want the family man he wants the mythical force known as Goldberg. If Goldberg brings anything less his next match will be his last. Taker is going to open the gates of Hell, more spooky stuff, and without a second to spare Undertaker gets out his last line, “Goldberg, you’re next!” and boom, the show is over. Seriously, he got it out with one second left. Incredible.
I actually enjoyed tonight’s Raw. The opening 6-Man was great as was Ricochet/Cesaro. Alexa getting physical was another bright spot, and even though Brock didn’t cash in, his plan is pretty smart.
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