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Tonight’s Monday Night Raw features the anticipated? return of The Bella Twins. This one is a little confusing becase Brie is on both shows right now, so I guess she’s a free agent. Regardless, Brie and Nikki will take-on The Riott Squad tonight, with the eventual goal seemingly being Nikki Vs. Ronda at October’s Evolution PPV.
Elsewhere on tonight’s show, Shawn Michaels returns to discuss Triple H Vs. The Undertaker. There’s not a lot that can be said about this. Triple H already have an impassioned promo, followed last week by several hype videos. Fans aren’t all that excited because Taker hasn’t been in good shape for years now and this reeks of two guys who shouldn’t be in the ring together. The Deadman needs to hang it up but Trips can still go. Alas, the match is happening and it will be fun to see HBK if nothing else.
Also on Monday Night Raw, The B-Team face The Revival for the Tag Team Championships, after losing last week in non-titles action. This feud has more than ran its course and The B-Team are right on the cusp of being super irritating, so it’s time to give the belts to The Revival and move on to greener pastures.
That’s the preview for tonight’s show, which will also feature further hype for Strowman Vs. Reigns, with The Shield and Ziggler/McIntyre in tow, as well as Ronda Rousey and Alexa Bliss. Remember to download the Ringside News app, follow us on Instagram, and enjoy the show!
Monday Night Raw opens with Braun Strowman, flanked by Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler, making his way to the ring. Renee Young is back on the Raw announce team!
Braun, Dolph, and Drew come to the ring as the announcers discuss his upcoming Hell In A Cell match with Roman Reigns. Strowman says he has something he wants us to see, and points to a video of last week, in which Braun attacked Roman during a tag team match, then beat him down with Drew and Dolph.
Back live, Braun says that’s what he calls justice. He says he tried to do things face to face, monster to man. He told Roman he would look him in the eye when he cashed-in, all Roman had to do was look him in the eye as he takes his beating. But Roman runs in a pack, and his Shield buddies had to help him. Braun says without Dean and Seth, he could take the title anytime, but with them that’s not the case. So he had to do things differently and he doesn’t care if the fans like it. He calls out Roman and says he has a pack of his own, and this is his yard. Braun says at Hell In A Cell, he’s going to dismantle Roman, break his spirit, break his body, and take what is rightfully his. The fans cheer.
McIntyre says we need to take a moment to look at them. He says The Shield have had their time but now it’s over. You’re looking at the new Kings of the jungle, and they’re going to feast on The Shield’s bloody carcasses. Dolph says the three of them will be the most dominant force in WWE history. More dominant than the Nation of Domination, D-X, and The Shield. He says they are going to leave The Shield decimated and embarrassed. Dolph reminds The Shield that they started this, but that he, Braun, and Drew, will end it. And with that, out come The Shield!
Before The Shield can get into the ring however, Baron Corbin brings members of the Raw roster down to stop them. It doesn’t work for long however, as The Shield make short work of them. The Shield climb on the apron but out come more Raw Superstar’s. Again, they’re made short work of, and now The Shield slide into the ring and start brawling with Braun, Dolph, and Drew! Corbin sends out more of the roster, and those around the ring join them in storming the ring. A huge brawl occurs with the entire Raw roster attempting to separate the two groups. They manage to get Braun, Dolph, and Drew out of the ring and force them up the ramp. The fans are left chanting “Let Them Fight”. The heels are taken backstage and The Shield are barricaded at ringside. Until Rollins breaks through, followed by Dean and Reigns. The Shield charge backstage as we head to the break.
We return to immediate replays of what just happened. Now we’re backstage and The Shield are being arrested and put in the back of a wagon. Everyone is yelling and going crazy and Cole typically says, “Roman’s being arrested!” – I guess Seth and Dean don’t matter.
Back at ringside and The Riott Squad are in the ring. Jojo announces The Bella Twins with a lengthy intro. Apparently this is the first of two “legendary” returns tonight… the other being Shawn Michaels. Before the tag match however, another break.
Nikki Bella starts the match against Liv Morgan. Morgan does John Cena’s “You can’t see me” taunt, and Nikki runs at her but Liv leans through the ropes to force the break. Sarah Logan tags in, and she locks up with Nikki. Logan connects with a forearm to the face, then another, but Nikki applies a waistlock and takes her down for a one count. Nikki torques the arm and flips her over. Nikki then applies an arm bar. Bella lifts her up for Rack Attack 2.0, but Logan slides off and slams her down by the hair. Logan then applies an arm bar. Nikki fights up and whips her off. Nikki runs for an avalanche in the corner but misses. Logan goes to the middle rope but Nikki comes back with a second rope tornado arm breaker.
Brie Bella tags in, and she hits a double-team arm breaker with her sister. Brie applies an arm bar, but Logan fights to her feet. Brie looks for a sunset flip pin, but Morgan blind tags in and kicks Brie in the back for a two count. Morgan applies a chin lock and knees her to keep her down. Morgan talks some trashn about Daniel Bryan, so Brie forearms her in the face a few times. Morgan bends backwards, Matrix-style, under a clothesline and takes her down by the hair for a two count.
Sarah Logan tags back in, and lands a waistlock takeover. Logan forearms her into the ropes before whipping her into them. Brie ducks under a clothesline and clotheslines her down. Brie then starts the YES! Kicks and takes her out. Morgan runs in, and Brie dropkicks her down, rather poorly. Brie yells “BRIE MODE”, and hits running knees to the faces of Logan and Morgan against the ropes. Riott gets on the apron to distract her. Brie goes for a suicide dive, but catches her feet on the ropes as Logan was meant to Forearm her. It was a bad botch.
We return to see Logan wrenching Brie’s neck in a camel clutch of sorts. Brie manages to break free and hit another poor dropkick from the middle rope. Nikki gets the hot tag and takes it to Morgan. She hits a springboard kick for a two count. Logan breaks up the pin, but Nikki fights her off. Logan is knocked from the ring and Ruby climbs to the apron to talk trash but she’s knocked down. So Brie runs for another suicide dive onto both of them, and once again, botches it and almost lands square on her head. Unnecessary risk.
Inside the ring, Morgan rolls Nikki up in the ring, but she kicks out. Nikki then hits Morgan with the Rack Attack 2.0 for the win.
The Bella Twins celebrate in the ring and hug each other. At WWE Super Show-Down on October 6, The Bella Twins will team with Ronda Rousey to take on The Riott Squad.
Later tonight, Shawn Michaels will be here to talk Triple H Vs. The Undertaker.
We see Baron Corbin backstage on the phone, assuring Stephanie McMahon everything is fine. He hangs up and in walks Finn Balor, all smiles. Corbin asks what he wants, and Finn says he wants a rematch. He is the only one. Corbin says he makes the matches now. Balor says he makes the matches and he changes the rules to. Corbin reminds him of his position. Balor says he’s so proud of his new power, it makes him feel like he’s over-compensating. Balor asks him for a rematch tonight, no tricks, to see who the better man is. Corbin agrees to the match and makes it the main event.
We’re back and Charly Caruso interviews Chad Gable and Bobby Roode in the Gorilla position. Apparently they’re a team now and Gable says he chose Roode because he keeps an eye on everyone, and he likes what he sees. Roode says that’s a great compliment, so let’s go show them what they’re made of. Oh boy.
All three commentators try to make this sound like a logical, perfect pairing on their way to the ring to face The Ascension. Before the match can begin, Konnor grabs the microphone and says both of them are failures, which is why they’re teaming together.
The match begins with Gable and Viktor. Gable hits him with a wrestling throw, then one to Konnor, and another to Viktor before tagging Roode into the match.
Roode throws Viktor to the corner, then hits a suplex. He wrenches the arm but gets forced to the corner and Konnor is tagged in. After a kick or so, Konnor tags Viktor back into the match and he applies a headlock to Roode. Bobby tries to fight out but Viktor slams him to the mat and hits a knee drop to the face. Konnor comes back in and lands an elbow drop to Roode for a two-count. Konnor applies a headlock to ground Roode. Again, Roode fights to his feet but Konnor knocks him on his back again and tags Viktor, who applies a headlock. Wow, what a boring match so far.
Roode escapes and manages to tag Chad Gable. The Olympian hits a crossbody to Viktor, dropkick’s Konnor off of the apron, then suplexes Viktor. Gable is thrown to the apron but wastes no time and hits a senton to Konnor on the floor. He returns to the ring, hits a missile dropkick, followed by a rolling German suplex pin for the win.
Gable and Roode celebrate their win after the match. Gable was the only decent thing about that match.
We see Elias backstage, talking about his album to a random person backstage. He’ll be live, next!
“Ladies and gentlemen, Elias.”
Elias is sitting in the middle of the ring, as per usual. He wastes no time this week, and gets to singing right away. Elias says Trish Stratus made a fool of herself last week because she didn’t get it, everyone knows that WWE stands for Walk With Elias. He says he had many different thoughts as he made his way to Columbus, saying everything about the city is a lie, pathetic, and weak. He continues to trash the city for a minute before asking them to hold their applause and so on. He begins to play guitar but is then interrupted by Alexa Bliss.
Bliss makes her way to the ring, flanked by Mickie James and Alicia Fox. Alexa reminds Elias that Columbus is the birthplace of the Goddess. In fact, she graduated in this very building. She leads a cheerleader chant with the fans, who cheer her. Seconds later, she refers to them as mindless idiots. She says everything he said about her hometown was 100% true. The fans boo and she tells them not to boo her just because they’re stuck here. She calls them mindless zombies and mocks the chant. She says she recognises some of the zombies from high school. She tells him that he is in the ring with the biggest star ever to come from the city.
Bliss then apologises for Trish Stratus last week, saying she sets a bad example for all kids. She says she has a match coming up with Natalya but before that she wants to hear Elias’ song. She bats her eyelids at him and says she wants to Walk With Elias. He begins to play but is quickly interrupted…
Ronda waits for Natalya on the stage, then the duo make their way to the ring. That match is next!
We return from the break and they lock up. Natalya hits a headlock takeover but Bliss gets out. Bliss gets on the apron, forcing the referee to back Natalya up. Bliss gets in the ring, and they lock up again. Natalya wrenches the arm but Bliss turns it on her. Natalya twists out of it, then takes her down and applies an arm bar.
Bliss fights out but Natalya blocks a kick by grabbing the foot, Bliss begs her to stop. Bliss then goes for a handshake, but Natalya puts her hand on the mat and stomps on it. Natalya takes her down, steps on her, and dropkicks her for a two count. Bliss quickly slaps her down. Bliss stomps her down in the corner before the referee backs her up. Fox and James attack Natalya before Bliss drops her with a DDT. Bliss looks at Rousey before applying a Ronda’s signature armbar. Natalya screams in pain before tapping out.
Alexa refuses to let go of the armbar, so Ronda storms the ring and the Goddess runs off. Ronda takes a second to check on Nattie and Alexa attacks her from behind. Ronda punches her and looks for a gut-wrench suplex but Alicia stops her. Ronda hits Alicia with several judo throws. Alexa then hits Ronda with a chop block and throws her from the ring. Alexa then throws Ronda into the steel steps but the Women’s Champion responds with some stiff punches, sending the trio running up the ramp. Ronda then helps Natalya to the back.
Corbin is backstage yelling at a stage hand when in walks Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew McIntyre. Braun tells Corbin that he’s lucky their still here and he had better find them some competition. Dolph tells Corbin they aren’t asking, they need to face someone, so how about give him and Drew a tag title match. Corbin reminds them that they already have a match scheduled between The B-Team and The Revival. Drew asks what would happen if The Revival couldn’t compete, to which Corbin says he would have to make some changes. McIntyre and Ziggler leave and Strowman tells Corbin he had better do his job tonight.
Charly Caruso is backstage and she interviews The Revival. In a surprise to no-one, they get attacked by Dolph and Drew, who throws them into production boxes and lay them out.
We’re back and out come the Raw Tag Team Champions, The B-Team. Their opponents… Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler.
Axel starts the match against McIntyre but Drew immediately attacks Bo, knocking him from the apron. McIntyre then grabs Axel and hits a huge belly-to-belly suplex. He tags Dolph and the Scotsman hits the ropes but Bo pulls down the rope and Drew falls to the floor.
Inside the ring, Axel hits several roll-up’s on Dolph, looking for a quick win. He tags Dallas, who clotheslines Ziggler over the top rope. Drew runs back in, but he gets clotheslined over by both members of The B-Team and we’re off to the break with the Champs in control.
We return to see Bo being mangled on the mat by McIntyre. He fights to his feet but Drew hits him with a belly-to-belly for a near-fall. McIntyre keeps Bo grounded and works on the shoulder. Drew throws Bo to the corner and stomps him before tagging Ziggler. The show-off chokes Bo on the middle rope until the referee stops him. Ziggler talks trash to Bo, who fires back with right hands before being kicked in the shin, then hit with a dropkick.
McIntyre tags back in and works over Bo in the corner, with chops to the chest. McIntyre sets Dallas on the top rope and talks trash to him but Dallas kicks him away, then hits a tornado DDT and both men are down. Dallas crawls to the corner to tag Axel but McIntyre stops him. Bo hits a neckbreaker and this time makes the tag, as does Drew.
Axel comes in with a flying forearm to Ziggler, then punches Drew as he lays on the apron. Axel splashes Dolph in the corner, followed by a neck snap. He then hits a Perfectplex and pins but Drew breaks it up. McIntyre then throws Bo out of the ring and goes back to the apron. Ziggler looks for the tag but Axel rolls him up for a two count. Ziggler lands a superkick, then tags Drew. They lift him up and hit a Claymore/Zig-Zag double team finisher for the win.
Drew and Dolph celebrate with their newly won titles.
We see The Author’s of Pain walking backstage, with 205 Live General Manager, Drake Maverick, walking between them wearing their gear. They’re coming out, next!
The Authors of Pain make their entrance alongside Drake Maverick. Maverick introduces himself as the 205 Live General Manager, but he’s also the manager of AOP. Maverick says he will make these men the WWE RAW Tag Team Champions.
Akam clotheslines one of the enhancement talents down before knocking the other off of the top rope. Rezar tags in, and he clotheslines one of them off the other top rope. Akam pops a guy up and Rezar lands him on his shoulders and gives him a death valley driver into the corner. AOP then hits the Super Collider on them for the win.
Drake Maverick poses in the ring with AOP What an odd pairing, which I guess is the theme of tonight’s show.
We see the same video from last week of the Hall of Famer’s discussing The Undertake Vs. Triple H. Shawn Michaels will be out, next.
We return from the break and Ronda Rousey and Natalya are talking backstage. Natalya says she doesn’t feel like herself. The Bella Twins walk in, and Natalya says she needs some time to herself. The Bella Twins put over Rousey. Nikki says Rousey inspired them to come back to WWE. If they need any training partners, they’re her girls. Rousey says Natalya has been a great training partner. Nikki says they can give her advice on business and fashion. Rousey says she’ll take them up if they need it. The teasing begins.
We’re back at the arena and out comes the Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels!
Michaels starts off by saying it wouldn’t be like him if he didn’t hock some merchandise, so he tells us to go buy his new shirt, as well as the WWE Network, and that’s where we can see WWE Super Show-Down. Before he gets down to the predictions of his contemporaries and his own prediction, we’re talking about the last time ever. Undertaker vs. Triple H is going to be insane, so he decided to get off the couch, fly 98 hours or something like that, and be in person to see this. This will be something no one will ever forget, he can almost guarantee it.
Michaels was surprised to see how many of his contemporaries picked The Undertaker. He’d have understood that if the WrestleMania streak was intact, but it isn’t. Michaels was surprised that so many people still thought The Undertaker had the advantage. His Texas buddy Stone Cold Steve Austin is in agreement with him. Michaels thinks Triple H will win the match. People probably think he’s not being objective because they’re best friends, but this is purely professional. Undertaker needs to understand that Triple H is still The Game and the Cerebral Assassin and has a lot more in the tank than Undertaker does. At WWE Super Show-Down, the Cerebral Assassin will cerebrally assassinate The Undertaker. Suddenly the bell tolls and the crowd goes wild!
The Undertaker comes to the ring and the fans chant “holy shit”. The Deadman says this just became personal. He says Triple H and Michaels have been best friends for 20 years, and he took the best that both of them had and he put them both down. And in the process, he took part of their souls and their ego’s can’t accept it. Taker says Michaels chose Triple H as the winner, because he took the one thing that is most important to Michaels: their careers.
Michaels is incredulous that Undertaker thinks that is what this is about. He says he is a man of his word. He says someone had to restore the system. He says everyone else retires, then comes back a few months later. Expect for him, because he is a man of his word, a man of honour and integrity. He says he has stayed retired out of respect for the system, respect for the fans, and respect for Taker. The fans chant “One More Match”. He points to the fans and says he hears that chant everytime he gets into the ring, but Taker cuts him off and says this isn’t about respect. Michaels argues it is, he has turned down offers from every Superstar and the opportunity for millions of dollars, out of respect for The Undertaker.
Michaels turns away and Undertaker asks if it’s respect, or if it’s fear? Michaels stares at the Deadman. He continues, saying if Michaels had ever came out of retirement it would only be for one person: him. But make no mistake about it, he would put Michaels down again. He says everyone knows it, and in Melbourne Australia, he’s gonna put down Triple H once more. With that, Undertaker leaves, although he stops on the entrance for one last look at HBK.
We’re back and see Finn Balor backstage. Baron Corbin walks in and says he has some bad news. He says with everything that’s been going on tonight, he has to cancel their match tonight. He says he had to rejiggle some things, so Finn will be facing Braun Strowman in the main event!
The announcers show a Tweet from Mike Rome, saying The Shield have appeared in front of a judge and been charged with inciting a riot. Ridiculous.
Sasha Banks and Bayley make their way to the ring, followed by her opponent.
Dana and Bayley start the match. Bayley whips her to the corner and tags Sasha. They perform a double team snapmare, followed by a elbow and dropkick. Brooke rolls from the ring as we head to the break.
We return to see Bayley grounding Ember with an armlock. Moon fights out and hits Bayley with a headscissor takedown. The Hugger fights back and tags in Sasha. They look for a double team move again but Ember reverses, and hits a springboard crossbody to take them both out. Dana Brooke then tags herself in.
Sasha kicks Dana into the corner, then misses the running knees. Brooke looks for her finish but Sasha escapes. Brooke with an enziguiri as Apollo and Titus are yelling at her from ringside. She shouts at them to stop, then looks to hit a handstand back elbow but nobody’s home. Banks then rolls-up Dana for the win!
After the match, Dana argues with Titus and Apollo, then leaves telling them she’s done.
Bobby Lashley is outside of Baron Corbin’s office. Charly Caruso asks what the meeting was about. Lashley hands her a piece of paper, which is a performance review. Lashley has been ordered to attend an anger management meditation with Jinder Mahal tonight. Lashley says this is the best thing for him. Lashley says he feels like he’s a little too tense, so he looks forward to meeting Jinder Mahal to find his inner peace.
Jinder Mahal makes his entrance alongside Snil Singh. He’ll face Lashley next!
Jinder Mahal is in the ring with Sunil Singh. There is a fancy Persian carpet in the ring. Bobby Lashley makes his entrance.
Mahal says he senses a great deal of anger from Lashley. He can help him harness the power of his rage and achieve inner peace. Mahal and Singh sit cross-legged in the ring, and Lashley does the same. Mahal says this is all about affirmations. Mahal says he’s like water, so Lashley says he’s also like water. Mahal does his “shandi” chant while Lashley slaps Singh on the shoulder. Lashley looks like he’s getting ready to stop acting and start brawling, when he’s attacked from behind by none other than…
Lashley tries to fight back, but Owens superkicks him down. Owens gets him outside the ring and hits Lashley with an apron powerbomb. Owens screams before walking off.
Coming up next, Finn Balor will take on Braun Strowman in our main event.
We return and get a lengthy replay of Shawn Michaels promo, which was interrupted by The Undertaker. Triple H will be live on Raw next week, as well as Mick Foley. Also on next week’s show, Ronda Rousey and Natalya teaming against Alexa Bliss and Alicia Fox.
Corey Graves announces that The Shield has posted bail and is out of jail, so we can expect them back at some point.
Finn Balor makes his entrance for the main event match with Braun Strowman.
The bell rings and Balor kicks and punches Strowman, but he’s knocked away. Balor avoids an avalanche in the corner before jumping on Braun’s back. Strowman simply backs him to the corner. Balor tries to fight back again, but Strowman hits him with a side slam. Strowman stands over Finn and looks around as the fans boo.
Strowman hits the ropes and connects with a big boot. Strowman puts him in the corner and charges, but Balor boots him back. Balor dives, but Strowman attacks him. Balor slides off and tries for a sleeper hold. Strowman slams him off and charges, but Balor pulls the top rope down to send the monster out of the ring. Balor hits a baseball slide and a double stomp to the back of the neck off the apron. Balor quickly gets in the ring before Ziggler and McIntyre get to him, and we’re off to the break,
We come back from the break to see Strowman applying a nerve hold. Strowman holds it on for a bit. Balor fights up, but Strowman takes him down. Balor makes a mini-comeback, but Strowman throws him to the corner. Balor boots him back, but Strowman comes back with an avalanche. Balor tries to take him down, but Strowman lifts him up. Balor applies a sleeper hold before sending Strowman into the ring post shoulder-first.
The monster rolls to ringside and climbs to his feet with Ziggler and McIntyre. Balor runs and hits all of them with a summersault senton. Balor gets them back into the ring and kicks him Strowman with a dropkick, and goes to the top rope. Strowman quickly gets to his feet and grabs him by the throat and pulls him down. Balor manages to apply something of a triangle hold before Strowman slams him to the mat to force the break. Strowman connects with a Running Powerslam for the win.
Braun stands over Balor as the bell rings. Ziggler and McIntyre get in the ring and throw Balor into Strowman for another Running Powerslam. They throw Balor out of the ring, and McIntyre removes the top half of the steel steps. They go for The Shield’s Triple Powerbomb before stopping because when they hear sirens.
A police van drives into the arena. Roman Reigns is the driver, and he opens the back to reveal Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose – which makes no sense because they were said to have posted bail and left, so I guess they stole a police vehicle. The Shield’s music hits, and they stand on the stage. They begin walking down to the ring but get attacked from behind by Kevin Owens, Jinder Mahal, AOP, Drew Gulak, and Buddy Murphy!
The Shield are separated, with Reigns at ringside but Seth and Dean on the stage. Strowman hits Reigns in the head with the steel steps. Elias and The Ascension throw Rollins off the stage into the side of the police van, breaking the glass!
Strowman hits Reigns in the ribs with the steps before hitting him in the head. Rollins is bleeding from his arm due to the van glass. A group of Superstars beat on Ambrose as he lays on the commentary table. Strowman hits Reigns with a Running Powerslam at ringside. The other Superstars drag Rollins and Ambrose to ringside and lay all three hounds beside each other. The crowd loudly boos as we go off the air.
That’s it for this weeks Raw. Let us know your thoughts and be sure to come back tomorrow. Until then, safe travels!