Welcome to Ringside News’ coverage of Monday Night Raw for June 25.

Last week Dolph Ziggler shocked everyone by defeating Seth Rollins for the Intercontinental Championship, albeit via distraction and a handful of tights. Seth Rollins owned his defeat but asked for a rematch, and tonight he gets that rematch. Rollins had been a fantastic IC Champion and I don’t think anyone wanted his reign to end, so perhaps tonight he can get Drew McIntyre banned from ringside, otherwise his chances are slim.

Brock Lesnar hasn’t been around since the Greatest Royal Rumble event, and the lack of a title on Raw is sorely felt and well-documented. It seems we’re building up to a Lesnar match at Summerslam, but before then we need to find out who Lesnar’s challenger is. Kurt Angle announced at Extreme Rules there will be a multi-man match with Bobby Lashley and Roman Reigns already announced. It’s unclear who will be Lesnar’s opponent but it’s almost certain the Beast will drop the title, and of course there’s always Braun Strowman lurking in the shadows with the Money In The Bank briefcase.

On last week’s Raw, Ronda Rousey lost her $hit and beat the holy hell out of Kurt Angle and Alexa Bliss in Rousey’s most awesome moment in WWE so far. WWE has booked her run thus far in a masterful way and now she has been suspended. That means Alexa Bliss has one less foe to worry about for a month, but in the meantime she has a pretty big target on her back, and Nia Jax is gunning for it. Jax feels screwed by Bliss, even though she was going to lose to Rousey anyway, and she is going to challenge for the belt at Extreme Rules. Alexa will do lucky to make it to Extreme Rules, and chances are she comes out limping tonight after being attacked last week.


All that and more on this week’s Raw. Let us know what you’re excited to see by downloading the Ringside Talk app and joining in the conversation. Remember we’re also on Instagram now, so follow us over there for all your favourite wrestling coverage. Enjoy the show!

Monday Night Raw opens with a graphic highlighting the passing of Leon “Big Van Vader” White. Rest in peace.

After the intro package we go live to the arena where Raw’s General Manager Kurt Angle and the Constable Baron Corbin are standing in the ring. Jojo doesn’t introduce Corbin, so he forces her to give him a full intro. Kurt Angle says that because of a call from Stephanie McMahon, and because Paul Heyman started rumours over the weekend about Brock Lesnar’s status with WWE and his next title defence, he has to clear the air. Angle is about to guarantee something in regards to Lesnar but he’s interrupted by Roman Reigns.

Reigns comes to the ring and grabs a mic as the fans boo very loudly. He tells Angle not to mind him, that he just wants to hear this face-to-face. Angle is about to speak again when he’s interrupted, this time by Bobby Lashley. After getting to the ring, Lashley tells Reigns that he has earned the right to hear this as much as anyone. He says Reigns has had three years to beat Brock but he’s proven he can’t, and it’s time for Roman to move on. Reigns says Lashley moved on ten years ago. Reigns reminds the fans that ten years ago, Lashley was in the main event of WrestleMania, then he left. He left to start a big career in MMA and that didn’t work out, and now he’s back and he’s done nothing since returning. Reigns says that since Bobby left, he’s main-evented WrestleMania four times and he’s hungry to do it again. Roman tells him to check his resume before stepping in his yard. Lashley says that he’s the only person who has the skills to beat Lesnar, and he’ll beat however many people Angle puts in the match at Extreme Rules.

Angle then says there won’t be a multi-man match at Extreme Rules. He says there was a snag in the contract and Brock doesn’t want that match to take place. So it won’t be happening – I’m not sure how any snag in Brock’s contract could affect a match that he’s not in, but that’s what they’re going with. Reigns is unhappy and again says that Lesnar does whatever he pleases, because Brock doesn’t give a sh…Angle interrupts Roman and says they already know how he feels. Lashley says maybe Brock would care if he could stand across the ring from anyone other than Roman. He says Brock is tired of staring at Roman, as is everyone – the crowd cheered that. Reigns says neither of them have a match at Extreme Rules, so why don’t they go at it tonight. Before things can get out of hand, The Revival come out. Dash and Dawson come to the end of the ramp and say they’re tired of listening to the same crap every week. They don’t think Reigns and Lashley can hang with the best team on the planet, so challenge them to a match. Corbin grabs the mic and says “let’s get the party started”. The match will happen after the break.

*Commercial Break*

Roman Reigns & Bobby Lashley Vs. The Revival

We return from the break and the bell rings. The Revival try to attack Reigns and Lashley while they argue about who will start the match, but they quickly take them out with near stereo back body drops before clotheslining them both over the top rope.

Reigns goes outside and slams Dawson’s face off the apron before putting him in the ring. Reigns head-butts him into the corner and asks Lashley if he wants in. Lashley enters the fray and they hit a double-team back elbow. Dash Wilder attacks Reigns from behind, so Lashley clotheslines him. Dawson hits Lashley with a flapjack onto the top rope before punching him in the corner. Dawson hits Lashley with a clothesline before tagging Wilder in. Dawson drops Wilder onto Lashley with a leg drop. Wilder uppercuts him, but Lashley fights back. Dawson tags in and hits a snapmare before applying a chin lock. Wilder tags in, and they hit a double-team suplex. They keep him grounded but Lashley eventually comes back with a reverse STO and tags Roman.

Reigns hits Dawson with a pair of clotheslines and a leaping clothesline. Reigns clubs away at him in the corner ten times before hitting the ropes and hitting a big boot. Reigns then punches Wilder off the apron. Reigns sets up for a Superman Punch, but Wilder pulls Dawson out of the ring. Reigns slides out and connects on both a Drive By on the apron. Reigns is in charge as we head to the break.

*Commercial Break*

We come back from the break to see Wilder applying a chin lock to Reigns. Roman escapes, but Dawson tags in and continues the beatdown on Reigns. Wilder gets a cheap shot in. Dawson puts Reigns in the corner, but Reigns kicks him in the face. Wilder quickly tags in and stomps Reigns down in the corner. Wilder applies a chin lock, but Reigns fights up. Wilder quickly takes him down by the hair. Dawson tags in and drops a knee before stomping the head. Dawson talks some trash before putting him in the corner. Reigns quickly head-butts him before reversing a whip to the corner – Dawson really attacked the turnbuckle there, reminded me of Bret Hart.

Lashley and Wilder are tagged in at the same time. Lashley smashes Dash and Dawson, and hits them both with belly-to-belly suplexes. Lashley avalanches them both in the corner. Lashley then floors Dawson with a big spinebuster. Lashley delivers a delayed vertical suplex to Wilder before setting up in the corner. Reigns tags himself in and hits Wilder with a Superman Punch. Lashley doesn’t look happy. Reigns sets up in the corner and avoids a blind tag from Lashley. Dawson forearms Lashley off the apron. Reigns spears Dawson and Wilder, the legal man, rolls Reigns up and holds the tights for the 123!!

Winners: The Revival

Great to see those two get a win. Dash and Dawson leave the ring and celebrate as they retreat up the ramp. Inside the ring, Lashley blames Roman for their loss before leaving.

Later tonight, the Intecontinental Championship is on the line, as well as Alexa Bliss talking about her beating at the hands of Ronda Rousey.

Matt Hardy appears on screen and says last week was wonderful. He says the last time he witnessed something that great was in a previous vessel, when he sat in the theatre with his dead friend Bill Shakespeare. Bray Wyatt appears and he says The B-Team have become fixated on their titles, they don’t even realise that they’ve wandered right into the lions den. They blow out Bray’s lantern and make their way to the ring.

*Commercial Break*

We return and Hardy and Wyatt are waiting in the ring. Curtis Axel appears on the screen laughing like Matt Hardy and wearing a wig like him – much like last week’s impression. Bo Dallas walks into the screen imitating Bray Wyatt. Dallas says they may be in the lion’s den, but they’re entering… a B-Hive! Dallas coughs on the fog in the room. Dallas says, “San Diego, we are The B-Team. We’re here.” They fade out of the frame coughing on the smoke.

Axel and Dallas make their entrance, while the Deleters look amused.

Matt Hardy w/Bray Wyatt vs. Curtis Axel w/Bo Dallas

The bell rings, and Hardy quickly slams Axel off the turnbuckles a few times. Axel blocks a kick and punches him. Hardy reverses a whip to the corner and puts him on the top rope. Hardy goes for a superplex, but Axel blocks it. Axel and Hardy fall off the ropes, and Axel lands on top of him for the 123.

Winner: Curtis Axel

The B-Team celebrates, but stops when they see The Deleters of Worlds staring at them. Hardy says that resilience they used to attain that fluke victory was… WONDERFUL! Hardy and Wyatt clap for them and smile. The B-Team then walks off celebrating and confused. The tag team division isn’t exactly on fire right now is it?

Still photos are shown of the latest Sasha Banks and Bayley breakup. Kurt Angle is seen talking with Sasha Banks backstage and she looks angry.

Also backstage, The Authors of Pain are walking backstage and they shove a stagehand. Titus Worldwide walks up to them and tells them to show respect to the stagehands. They say thanks for the advice, but no thanks. Great to see these two back. They’ll be in action, next!

*Commercial Break*

We return and Bayley is talking to Alicia Fox. Kurt Angle approaches Bayley and says they need to talk. He says her Sasha and Ember Moon will take on the Riott Squad tonight, and this is their last chance to get along. Bayley argues with the decision but he walks off.

The Author’s of Pain make their way to the ring to face two ridiculously dressed jobbers.

The Author’s of Pain Vs. The Gibson Brothers

Rezar starts against one of the Gibson brothers. Rezar big boots him in the face before lifting him up and slamming him over the top rope onto the apron and to the floor!

The other Gibson brother is brought into the ring – not by choice mind you – and tossed over the top rope as well. Akam tags in and nearly crushes him with a fireman’s carry slam into the corner. They hit him with The Last Chapter for the mercy kill.

Winners: The Author’s Of Pain

AOP continues to beat on the Gibson brothers before Titus Worldwide runs down to make the save. AOP leaves without things getting physical. I guess we have a match for next week or Extreme Rules.

Kurt Angle is backstage talking with Baron Corbin about the tag teams imploding, meaning Lashley/Reigns and Banks/Bayley. Finn Balor walks in and wants to know why Brock Lesnar had the multi-man match canceled. Balor says he wanted a crack at that match. Corbin says Balor would have come up short like he did last week. Balor asks if the manager at TGI Friday’s knew Corbin stole his uniform. Braun Strowman walks up to them and says he feels kind of bad for destroying Kevin Owens recently after he tried to be his friend. Strowman says he wants to be Owens’ partner. Angle asks which opponents he had in mind. Strowman suggests Corbin and Balor. Balor looks surprised. Angle agrees to the match.

*Commercial Break*

Alexa Bliss and Mickie James make their way to the ring. We see a lengthy replay of Alexa Bliss winning the Women’s Championship, then last week when Ronda Rousey put her through a table and got suspended.

Mickie James tells the crowd to give it up for the one and only goddess of WWE and the three-time RAW Women’s Champion, Alexa Bliss, which of course receives nothing but boos. James says she so deserves the introduction after her celebration was ruined by that angry maniac, Ronda Rousey. Bliss says that’s why she’s suspended from Monday Night RAW for 30 days. James cannot believe that Bliss is standing after that attack. Bliss says she’s a champion and bounces back. Bliss is glad Angle sees Rousey’s true colors because the Baddest Woman on the Planet is the most spoiled, entitled woman on the planet. Bliss says Rousey doesn’t even know the rules because what she did at Money in the Bank was absolutely legal. James says that may go down as one of the greatest Money in the Bank cash-ins ever. Bliss agrees and laments that she’s being “rewarded” by having to face the bully Nia Jax at Extreme Rules… if she’s out of physical therapy on her arm.

Bliss says while Rousey is gone and Jax is rehabbing, she’s here as RAW Women’s Champion. For as long as she’s known Jax, she’s painted herself as a victim. Jax thought WrestleMania was the end to her happy story while Backlash was the sequel. The different girl beat the mean, pretty girl. That may work in the movies, but this is real life. In real life, Bliss is the hero. The crowd loudly boos her. Bliss says she has overcome every obstacle in her way, including seven women in the Money in the Bank match, including Rousey, and Jax. They can boo all they want but she’s still champion…

Natalya’s music hits and she comes to the stage. Natalya says the countdown is on: 23 short days until her friend and training partner Ronda Rousey comes back to deal with her. Bliss acts scared before saying she’s so impressed Natalya can count backwards from 30. What’s more funny is Natalya left her five star vacation at Lake Tahoe on Total Divas to interrupt her. Bliss mocks Natalya for posting her entire life on social media. Bliss then dismisses her. Natalya says she is not dismissed because she talked to Kurt Angle and has a one-on-one match against Bliss right now. Natalya then says she didn’t come back from Lake Tahoe alone. Nia Jax’s music hits, and she joins Natalya on the stag. We’re getting a match of some sort after the break.

*Commercial Break*

Alexa Bliss W/Mickie James VS. Nataya W/NIA JAX

We return to see the match in progress as Little Miss Bliss has Natalya trapped in a body scissor. During the break, she whipped Natalya into the barricade. Natalya tries to fight out, so Bliss applies a guillotine. Natalya fights up, so Bliss rolls her up. Natalya rolls through and tries for the Sharpshooter, but Bliss pulls on the ring apron. Bliss quickly kicks her in the knee and the head for a two count. Bliss goes back to the body scissor. Natalya twists out and powers up before hitting Bliss with a Michinoku Driver.

A “We want Ronda” chant starts – I wasn’t sure it would ever happen but I’m so happy to see Ronda getting over. Bliss quickly takes Nattie down and hits the Insult to Injury for a two count. Bliss takes her down and covers three times for a two count. Bliss talks trash, so Natalya fights back. Natalya hits a pair of clotheslines followed by a snap suplex. Natalya hits a side Russian leg sweep before stepping on her. James sweeps the feet of Nattie and she crumbles. Bliss rolls Natalya up for a two count. Bliss immediately punches Natalya. The referee yells at James. Jax sweeps Bliss’ feet for revenge. Bliss gets to her feet, but she’s floored by a Discus Clothesline from Natalya. Natalya then applies the Sharpshooter for the submission win!

Winner: Natalya

Charly Caruso interviews Seth Rollins backstage and asked what happened last week. Rollins says there are no excuses, he put his title on the line and Dolph Ziggler took it. However, he’s had seven long days to think about nothing but his title, so tonight Dolph will get the best Seth Rollins there has ever been. And Drew McIntrye will have the best seat in the house as he beats his little buddy and takes back his title.

Elsewhere backstage, Jinder Mahal and Sunil Singh are having their pictures taken. The Riott Squad walks up, takes the camera, and snaps some shots before smashing the camera. Mahal calms them down with some namaste stuff. They walk off confused. The Riott Squad faces Bayley, Sasha Banks, and Ember Moon, next.

*Commercial Break*

We return and get entrances for the six-woman tag match.

The Riott Squad vs. Sasha Banks, Bayley, & Ember Moon

Bayley starts with Sarah Logan but quickly tags in Ember Moon. Moon tags Banks, and she hits a double-team suplex with Bayley. Banks hits Logan with a meteora for a two count. Moon tags back in, but Logan powers her to her corner. Liv Morgan tags in and bends under a clothesline. Moon elbows her and hits a leg sweep. Moon hits a reverse STO, the second one of the night, and Morgan rolls to ringside.

Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan run in but Bayley and Banks take them out. Moon then hits Morgan and Riott with a suicide dive. The babyfaces are in control as we head to the break.

*Commercial Break*

We come back from the break to see Banks tagged in, and she runs wild on Ruby Riott. Banks hits her with double knee before Logan attacks her. Riott gets the better of her, but Bayley makes the save. Logan takes Bayley out. Moon pulls Logan out of the ring and kills her with an elbow. Morgan then hits Moon with a hurricanrana on the floor. Banks pins Riott for a two count. Morgan gets on the apron and distracts Banks. Riott then rolls her up for the win.

Winners: The Riott Squad

Bayley immediately gets in the ring and punches Sasha Banks out of nowhere. The crowd gets excited as Bayley stomps away at Banks and punches her down. A “YES” chant fires up. Bayley pulls her up by the hair, so Banks starts fighting. Bayley quickly stops her and slams her face off the middle turnbuckle. Bayley leaves the ring looking remorseful before pulling Banks out of the ring and slamming her on the floor. A “We want tables” chant picks up. Bayley then whips her twice into the ring steps. Bayley stands over her and yells in her face. Something she says gets censored. Bayley then walks off. Well overdue but now I’m wondering if Bayley is the heel? The crowd sure didn’t react that way.

Backstage, Kurt Angle is talking with referee John Cone about needing to know about the Bayley and Sasha Banks situation. Kevin Owens walks in and asks if Angle is crazy having him team with Braun Strowman. Owens says there is no way that monster wants to be his friend. Angle says he’s not doing this to torture him. Angle says Strowman was being genuine. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship. Owens walks off and he’s not happy – is he ever though?

No Way Jose makes his way to the ring with his usual conga line. He’ll face Mojo Rawley after the break.

*Commercial Break*

We return and No Way Jose is still dancing. Out comes Mojo Rawley with a microphone. Rawley says he’s embarrassed to be out here with No Way Jose’s conga line. You need to earn the right to walk down a WWE ramp and enter a ring. They haven’t earned that right. Jose hasn’t earned that right either. Rawley walks up to some members of the conga line. Rawley approaches someone in a cheeseburger costume. His name is Todd. Rawley asks if this is how he plans on impressing his mother by dressing as a cheeseburger on national television. Rawley says this moment is the closest he’ll ever get to being a WWE superstar. This is the pinnacle of his entire existence. The crowd is chanting for Todd. Rawley says Todd will never be a WWE superstar. To answer Jose’s question on if he’ll get a rematch against him, the answer is no. Jose approaches him, so Rawley drops him with a right hand. Rawley then walks off.

Bayley walks into Kurt Angle’s office. Angle says she doesn’t care about RAW or the women’s revolution. Next week, Bayley is going to counselling. She begins to protest but Angle says she’s going or she’s fired.

Braun Strowman makes his way to the ring for a team-up with his good friend Kevin Owens.

*Commercial Break*

We return from the break and out comes a very wary looking Kevin Owens.

Braun Strowman & Kevin Owens Vs. Baron Corbin & Finn Balor

The bell rings, and Corbin immediately tags himself in to face Kevin Owens. They lock up, and Owens applies a side headlock. Owens is whipped off and goes for a shoulder block, but Corbin doesn’t budge. Owens is still sore from last week. Corbin then runs him over with a shoulder block. Corbin looks at Strowman before running into a boot. Owens goes to the second rope, but Corbin punches him away.

Finn Balor tags in and hits a club to Owens’ arm. Corbin then tags himself in. Owens chops and punches Corbin. Corbin goes for a chokeslam, but Owens gets away and tags in Strowman. Balor smiles at Corbin. They lock up before Strowman shoves him off. Strowman then flexes his muscles. They lock up again, and Corbin shoves him before talking trash. Corbin kicks and punches him before hitting the ropes. Strowman runs through him with a shoulder block before punching him with a straight right hand. Strowman then orders Owens in and tags him. Owens looks nervous. Corbin then tags Balor in.

Balor and Owens go for a test of strength but Owens kicks him before they interlock fingers. Owens stomps him down in the corner before backing up and stomping him again. Owens stomps the midsection and knees him in the back. Owens then applies a chin lock. Balor fights up, but Owens shoves him to the corner before punching him. Owens backs up and hits Corbin with a cheap shot on the apron. Corbin enters the ring, so Strowman cuts him off. Owens looks terrified, but Strowman just takes out Corbin. Strowman hits a corner avalanche, and Owens hits a cannonball in the opposite corner at the same time, cool spot. The unlikely team is in charge as we head to the break.

*Commercial Break*

We come back from the break to see Owens trapped in a chin lock from Balor. During the break, Balor hit a double stomp to the midsection. Balor takes him down and covers, but Strowman breaks it up. Corbin comes into the ring and whips him to the corner. Owens quickly elbows him and sends him out of the ring.

Strowman tags in and shoulder blocks Corbin a few times. Strowman avalanches him before running into a boot. Balor tags in, and he doesn’t look happy. Strowman brings him in over the top rope and clubs him down. Strowman then clotheslines Corbin over the top rope. Strowman then signals for his shoulder block train. Strowman runs around the ring and kills Balor and Corbin with shoulder blocks. Strowman now wants Owens to do it. Strowman tags him in, and Owens commits. Owens runs around the ring and shoulder blocks Balor before eating a clothesline from Corbin.

Strowman goes outside and sends Corbin into the barricade. Strowman charges Corbin, but he moves, so he hits the ring post. In the ring, Balor hits Owens with a Sling Blade. Corbin tags in, so Balor kicks him in the head. Balor sends Owens out of the ring. Corbin then pulls Balor out of the ring, and they fight up the ramp. The referee counts them out.

Winners Via Count-Out: Braun strowman & kevin owens

The referee raises the arms of Strowman and Owens and KO looks shocked. Owens is excited and slaps Strowman’s chest. Owens extends his hand. Strowman looks at him fuming, so Owens bails out of the ring and runs up the ramp in fear. Strowman takes his Money in the Bank briefcase and chases him backstage.

We see Owens running backstage, terrified, and he ducks into a doorway. Strowman runs behind, looking for him and asking people where Owens went. Strowman says Owens looks like he has a bowling ball under his shirt but the merch guy doesn’t recognise him. Strowman storms off past the door Owens went inside.

Still to come, Seth Rollins Vs. Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship.

*Commercial Break*

We return to see Kevin Owens emerge from the door he his in, but then he closes the door again. Owens then comes out with his bag and recruits some security guards to follow him. They escort him out of the building. Owens walks up to a valet and demands his keys. The valet doesn’t have his keys. Braun Strowman has his keys. Strowman says he hopes Owens has insurance because there’s his car. Owens turns in fear and sees his car flipped onto its roof! Strowman walks off laughing and you can hear the fans laugh.

Seth Rollins comes to the ring, followed by Dolph Ziggler accompanied by Drew McIntyre for the Intercontinental Championship match.

*Commercial Break*

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match

(C) Dolph Ziggler W/DREW MCINTYRE Vs. Seth Rollins

The bell rings, and Rollins immediately floors Ziggler with a dropkick. Rollins stomps away at Ziggler. Ziggler quickly rolls out of the ring to recover. They circle the ring, and Ziggler goes for the leg. Rollins counters and applies a waistlock. Rollins gives a clean break when Ziggler gets to the ropes. Ziggler punches him before Rollins blocks it. Rollins punches and chops him before hitting a snapmare and covering for a two count. Rollins then hits an arm drag and applies an armbar while looking at Drew McIntyre at ringside.

Ziggler fights up and pushes him into the ropes. Ziggler gives a clean break before taking him down. Ziggler bounces him off the turnbuckle. Ziggler takes him down and drops an elbow for a two count. Ziggler wrenches the arm and applies a side headlock. Ziggler hits a headlock takeover and keeps the headlock applied. Rollins escapes and tries to whip him off, but Ziggler won’t let go. Rollins fights up, but Dolph takes him down again. The crowd is cheering on Rollins. Rollins fights up and punches out, but Ziggler takes him down. Ziggler then hits another headlock takeover for a two count. Ziggler really cinches it in. Rollins fights up and whips him off. Rollins drops down, then leapfrogs him and hits a hip toss.

Rollins dropkicks Dolph out of the ring and he regroups with McIntyre. Rollins goes outside, and McIntyre blocks him. Rollins just stands there. Ziggler tries to blindside him, but Rollins cuts him off and sends him into the barricade. Rollins then stares at McIntyre as we head to the break.

*Commercial Break*

We come back from the break to see Ziggler targeting the knee. During the break, McIntyre distracted Rollins, allowing Ziggler to knock him off the apron. Back to live action, Ziggler executes a snapmare and drops an elbow for a two count. Ziggler applies a chin lock, but Rollins fights up and punches out. Ziggler quickly kicks him, but he has a whip to the corner reversed. Ziggler hits the turnbuckle sternum-first and collapses to the mat.

Rollins gets to his feet and charges, but Ziggler gives him a back body drop over the top rope to the floor. Rollins lands on the floor flat on his face. Rollins clutches his wrist in pain. Rollins slowly gets in the ring, and Ziggler covers for a two count. Ziggler peppers him with strikes and talks trash. Ziggler floors him with a straight right hand before sauntering around the ring. Ziggler pulls him to his feet and sends him into the ropes. Ziggler lowers his head and eats a kick. Rollins goes for a suplex-type move, but Ziggler rolls through and applies a sleeper hold. Rollins gets out for a second, but Ziggler soon reapplies it. He’s really loving these sleepers.

Rollins whips him off. They hit the ropes, but they take one another out with dual cross-body blocks. They both slowly get to their feet, and Rollins chops him. Ziggler reverses a whip to the corner, but Rollins boots him in the face. Rollins leaps over him and applies a Sling Blade. Rollins then clotheslines him over the top rope. Rollins sets up for a suicide dive, but McIntyre sweeps the feet while the referee’s back is turned. Ziggler gets in the ring and attacks Rollins, meanwhile referee John Cone confronts McIntyre and ejects him from ringside!

McIntyre is furious, and Ziggler pleads his case. Rollins rolls Ziggler up, but the referee is still dealing with McIntyre. Rollins had the match won. Rollins knocks McIntyre off the apron and kicks Ziggler in the head. Rollins then hits Ziggler and McIntyre with a suicide dive. Rollins goes to the top rope, but Ziggler crotches him before covering for a two count. Both men are down as we take another break.

*Commercial Break*

We come back from the break to see Rollins fight out of a chin lock and connect with a Ripcord Knee. Rollins covers, but Ziggler gets his foot on the bottom rope. Ziggler is exhausted and rolls to the apron. Rollins follows him out and goes for a powerbomb, but Ziggler punches out and knocks him to the floor. Rollins quickly gets back on the apron, but Ziggler connects with a spike DDT! The referee is counting Rollins out, but he manages to get back in at nine!

Ziggler stomps his foot but Rollins blocks the superkick and counters into a bucklebomb. Rollins follows up with a superkick for a near fall. Rollins cannot believe he couldn’t put it away there. Rollins goes to the top rope, but Ziggler cuts him off. Rollins head-butts him off, but Ziggler quickly responds with a punch. Rollins stops him with a headbutt again, and Ziggler is down this time. Rollins hits a big frog splash for a near fall. Another “This is awesome” chant picks up. Rollins kicks Ziggler in the midsection and goes for The Stomp but Ziggler moves. Rollins counters a Zig-Zag by holding the ropes and rolls Dolph up. Ziggler rolls through, but Rollins gets out and rolls him up for a near fall. Ziggler sends him shoulder-first into the ring post and hits a Zig-Zag, but Rollins kicks out! The crowd is really getting into this one.

Ziggler puts Rollins on the top rope and goes for a superplex. Rollins counters and tries to superplex him off the top rope to the floor, but Ziggler blocks it. Rollins then hits a superplex into the ring, rolls through, and connects with a falcon arrow. Rollins covers, but McIntyre returns from the back to pull the referee out of the ring. McIntyre slides into the ring and attacks Rollins, so the referee calls for the bell.

Winner Via Disqualification: Seth Rollins

After the bell is rung, McIntyre keeps attacking Seth. He stomps away at him and then Dolph joins in. Suddenly Roman Reigns comes out to the rescue of his Shield brethren. Ziggler runs out but Reigns spears him like a dart in mid-air. Reigns slides in the ring and goes toe-to-toe with Drew McIntyre. They trade shots until Drew headbutts Roman, who hits the ropes then rebounds with a Superman punch that knocks Drew from the ring.

Reigns helps Rollins to his feet as we see replays. Jojo announces that Seth Rollins won the fight but due to the nature of the win, Dolph Ziggler retains! Ziggler and McIntyre laugh as they walk to the back. Reigns and Rollins are left in the ring and that’s the end of this weeks show. Let us know what you thought and remember to follow us on our brand spanking new Instagram account! Until next time, safe travels!

Curtis Dillion

Curtis does our weekly live match-by-match coverage of WWE RAW and SmackDown for Ringside News. In addition to SmackDown, Curtis also does WWE & NXT special event coverage as well. He has been helping out at for Ringside News for many years.

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