Welcome to Ringside News’ coverage of Monday Night Raw.
Tonight’s Raw comes hot off the heels of a huge week in wrestling, although that wasn’t because of Raw. No, it was another week of bad ratings for Raw, so tonight Vince is going all out. After saying last week that Lesnar had a full year to cash-in and would take the liberty of waiting for the perfect moment, WWE “management” has forced Lesnar’s hand and he will cash-in tonight. Yep, Brock is supposedly cashing in on Seth Rollins tonight. Whether it actually happens or is yet another cheap attempt at getting viewers, is another matter.
This Friday is WWE Super ShowDown in Jeddah – because WWE is terrified of saying Saudi Arabia for obvious reasons. That means tonight The Undertaker is scheduled to appear and hype his preposterous match against Goldberg. On top of that we can expect some developments on the makeshift feuds between Triple H and Randy Orton, Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley, and so on.
Also tonight, Rey Mysterio must vacate the United States Championship, Roman Reigns teams with The Uso’s to face Drew McIntyre and The Revival, and Becky Lynch continues to fend off Lacey Evans. WWE is in a very interesting moment right now because something really needs to change but the product is languishing, so each week is something of a powder keg.
A powder keg that you can follow by downloading the Ringside News app, following us on Instagram and Twitter, or just watching along with us. Regardless, enjoy the show!
Monday Night Raw opens from the University of Texas and Roman Reigns makes his way ringside.
As Roman makes his way to the ring we’re reminded that he will face Shane McMahon at Super ShowDown on Friday. The announcers also mention that Brock Lesnar will be cashing in his Money In The Bank Briefcase – because WWE Management reprimanded Brock for behaving poorly in recent weeks.
Before Roman can speak a word, out comes Shane McMahon. He says he’s owed a proper introduction, and instructs Mike Rome to do so. Shane says he hasn’t been sleeping because he can’t wait to shut Roman up on Friday. He says he isn’t just called the best in the world, he actually is just that. Shane likens himself to fine wine. He runs us through the match, explaining how he will beat Roman. He says he wouldn’t be satisfied with making Roman tap for the first time in his career, no, he intends on tightening the triangle choke after Roman taps until his eyes bulge.
Roman shuts him up and says he would love for Shane to try. He says if he even tries to put that “little move” on, he will lift him up and slam him down. Roman says he’s tired of Shane’s spoiled ass, hiding behind henchmen. So once he’s done beating Shane at Super ShowDown, he’s gonna beat Drew at Stomping Grounds in two weeks.
Drew McIntyre then makes his way onto the stage beside Shane. He says he doesn’t like the attitude of the people in Texas, not showing him and Shane the respect they deserve. McIntyre says Shane will beat Roman, and then he will end him at Stomping Grounds. Drew says he doesn’t need The Revival, him and Shane will just take Roman out right now.
Of course, The Revival then attack Roman from behind. Drew and Shane join forces and attack Roman. The Uso’s run down and make the save, clearing the ring.
We start the match with Dash Wilder and Jimmy Uso. As soon as the bell rings Uce superkicks Wilder. He then goes up top for the splash but Scott Dawson pulls Wilder from the ring.
The Revival regroup on the outside but Jimmy and Jey hit the ropes and wipe them both out with dives to the floor.
We’re back from the break as Scott Dawson misses Jey in the corner. Tags made to Jimmy and Dash, and the former wipes the latter with clotheslines, uppercuts, and an enziguiri.
Jimmy Uso knocks Drew and Dawson off the apron, but Dash Wilder capitalises off the distraction and knocks him down. McIntyre tags in and chops the life out of Jimmy in the corner. Drew hits a deadlift suplex for a near-fall. Drew keeps Jimmy grounded with an armlock.
Uso fights to his feet but is tossed across the ring with a belly-to-belly. Dawson tags in and stomps on the head of Jimmy, before pulling his hair. Dawson applies a submission but Jimmy escapes and lands a back suplex. Dawson responds with a spinebuster for a near-fall.
Back from the break and things are disjointed. Roman looks for a Superman punch to McIntyre but nobody’s home. McIntyre connects with a Glasgow Kiss, but Uso enziguiri’s him from the apron. Roman then hits a Superman punch, followed by one to Dawson on the apron.
Shane gets on the apron and distracts Roman, who chases him. Drew then hits Roman with a Claymore Kick on the outside, and The Revival hit Uso with a Shatter Machine on the floor. Inside the ring, Drew hits a Claymore Kick to Uso and scores the pinfall.
After the match The Revival bring Roman into the ring and hit the Shatter Machine. Shane then lifts Roman up and makes Drew hit him with another Claymore Kick. Shane then lays down beside Roman and talks trash. Shane instructs them to lift Roman, and he runs and spears him, then does Roman’s taunt.
Still to come, Brock cashes in, Triple H comes face to face with Randy Orton, The Undertaker talks Super ShowDown, a new episode of Firefly Fun House, and Seth Rollins will be on MizTV.
We come back from the break and The Miz is in the ring. He welcomes us to MizTV. He says tonight is not about him; tonight is about Brock Lesnar’s Money in the Bank cash-in. Miz then introduces Brock’s victim and Seth Rollins makes his entrance.
Miz says he has a Universal Championship match against Baron Corbin at Super ShowDown, however that could all change tonight if Brock is successful. After all, Paul Heyman said his client would cash in Money in the Bank tonight.
Rollins says Miz is making a lot of assumptions; assuming Brock Lesnar will show up; assuming Paul Heyman is telling the truth. By his records, Heyman has never told the truth. Rollins says he’ll believe it when he sees it. Miz says they’ve both won the Money in the Bank contract and picked opportune times to cash it in. He says it’s not in the hands of the typical WWE Superstar, it’s in the hands of Brock Lesnar.
Rollins says Miz doesn’t have to oversell it to him. If Lesnar showed up and cashed in, he’d be relieved because he can’t keep focusing on what might be. Rollins has to focus on what will be. This Friday, he will be defending his title against the #1 contender Baron Corbin. He reiterates that no one likes Baron Corbin, but he did win the Fatal 4-Way last week. If he’s going to be the fighting champion he promised to be, then he’s got to focus on Corbin and focus stomping his head into this mat.
Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman are shown arriving in the arena. They make their way towards the entrance area but stop, turn, and walk off down a hallway. Rollins is shown angry in the ring, he doesn’t want to be made wait.
The Lucha House Party make their way down to the ring followed by Lars Sullivan. Apparently not for a sanctioned match though, they’re just here to fight. A brawl breaks out and Lars is clearing house. The Lucha’s make some headway with a springboard dropkick, then knock Lars from the ring. He gets angry, roars, then walks off.
We see Nikki Cross backstage, looking sad. Peyton Royce and Billie Kay are there and making fun of Cross. Alexa Bliss appears and calls them witches. They says they have better places to be, say their catchphrase, and walk off. Alexa then offers to get Nikki a coffee and she’s surprised. Alexa says she understands what it’s like but offers to be in Cross’ corner tonight. They walk off arm-in-arm.
Becky Lynch makes her way into the arena for the pop of the night so far. She’ll be talking after the break.
Becky Lycnh is in the ring as we return from the break. Lynch says she’s been doing some thinking since she got home this weekend. She’s done a ton of appearances, switched brands, and main evented WrestleMania. She says contentment is the worst thing that can happen to a fighter. A content fighter gets hurt, passed over, or beaten. That won’t be her. When Lacey Evans helped Charlotte Flair beat her at Money in the Bank, it helped wake something in her. When she’s pissed off there’s not a woman in this business that can keep her down. Lynch will break her back trying and fight until she can’t fight anymore to get to Evans.
Lacey Evans’ music interrupts, and she comes out to the stage. Evans says Lynch is like a dog chasing a car; she wouldn’t know what to do if she caught it. Evans says she did the WWE Universe a favor at Money in the Bank. Becky Two Belts shouldn’t be representing the Women’s Division. Lynch says she declares to rip her arm out. Evans says she isn’t Charlotte Flair. She may have been beat at Money in the Bank, but she’s the reason Lynch doesn’t have the Smackdown Women’s Championship.
Charlotte Flair (from SmackDown Live apparently) makes her way out to the ring. She asks Becky to stop making excuses. She reminds Lynch that she beat her and became a 9X Women’s Champion. Becky asks where her title is now, then Evans rhetorically asks what’s she doing here. Flair says she is here and strutting like a peacock because she is more than halfway to beating her daddy’s record. Also, she says Evans has only been here for four minutes and done nothing but make tea. She reminds Evans that last week she beat her without taking off her street clothes.
Evans says that Flair has had 9 Championships but she lost them all. Flair is old news, while she is the face of WWE. Evans tells her to run along before she learns the Women’s Right. Evans then blasts Flair and knocks her down. Flair slowly gets to her feet, angrily. Then an impromptu match occurs with no explanation.
The bell rings and Flair attacks Lacey like a bat out of hell. Charlotte kicks Lacey against the ropes, then tosses her out and to the floor.
Evans gets back in but Charlotte takes her down and unloads some right hands. Evans then fights back and it’s a very sloppy brawl with no rhyme nor reason.
Evans takes the back of Charlotte and forearms her but Charlotte turns it around and slams her into the turnbuckles. Evans rolls from the ring to regroup. What a weird, terrible match.
Back from the break and Flair is holding Evans by the head, just like it was before the break. Evans elbows Charlotte and hits a fireman’s carry for a one count. Evans slams Flair into the turnbuckles, then gets the same thing done to her. Flair stomps Evans in the corner.
Flair chops Evans before strutting like her dad. Evans turns the tables but slamming Flair into the turnbuckles, again. Evans hits a rope-assisted, handstand bronco buster for a near-fall. Flair fires back with a kick to the gut, followed by an exploder suplex.
Evans rolls to the apron, where she hits drops Charlotte with a kick. Evans then attempts an elbow drop from the apron to the ring…long after Charlotte had already rolled away. Flair looks for the Figure Four but Lacey kicks Charlotte into the turnbuckles. Charlotte comes back with a kick, then both women hit stereo crossbody’s and take each other down. Lynch then pulls Charlotte from the ring and the referee calls for the bell – although apparently Lacey wins.
Lynch runs into the ring and hits Lacey with the Manhandle Slam. Lynch poses with the title to end this truly dreadful segment.
Up next, Rey Mysterio relinquishes the United States Championship.
Rey Mysterio makes his way down to the ring, with his arm in a sling. We see highlights of Mysterio’s controversial win over Samoa Joe at Money In The Bank.
Mysterio says he has been a part of WWE for a very long time, it’s in his blood. It’s been in his family’s blood. He says his son is training to do this and he knows he’ll be great someday, but tonight is about him doing what’s right. That’s why he’s here to rel…
Samoa Joe stomps to the ring. Joe asks if he came out too early and ruined the moment. Joe says he realises what this means to Mysterio. Joe heard the word “champion” and thought it was his cue. Joe gets in the ring and wants to add an addendum to the speech. Let’s not ruin this pure and honorable moment by telling lies. Mysterio isn’t relinquishing because he’s injured. Mysterio is relinquishing because he never beat Joe. Mysterio tells Joe not to get it twisted. Mysterio says he isn’t trying to have a moment or fool everyone. Mysterio says this isn’t the moment he wanted it to be. Mysterio reminds us that he has won championships his entire career through pain and through injuries. If he was man enough to do that, he’s man enough to do what he came to do here tonight. Mysterio says due to his current shoulder injury at Money in the Bank, he’s here to relinquish his United States Championship… to Samoa Joe. Mysterio lays the title down on the mat and tells Joe to pick it up. Mysterio says he’ll be back before leaving the ring. Joe rushes Mysterio and applies the Coquina Clutch. Officials make Joe step, and he grabs the US Title and leaves.
Braun Strowman makes his way to the ring, he’ll face Bobby Lashley in an arm wrestling match after the break.
Ricochet will face Cesaro once again tonight.
Lashley makes his way down to the ring for his arm wrestling contest with Braun Strowman.
Lashley takes his sweet time, then the referee forces them to link up. Rather than link hands, Lashley slaps Braun. Referees get between them and settle things down. They link hands and start struggling but Lashley pulls away and makes some excuses. Once again they link-up, after chalking their hands, and Strowman wins. Lashley gets mad and throws chalk in Braun’s face, then kicks him into the corner. Lashley grabs Braun and hits a running powerslam. Bobby leaves and Braun gets back to his feet and wipes the chalk from his eyes, furious.
We see the YouTube video from the weekend, when R-Truth lost the 24/7 Championship on a golf course to Jinder Mahal, then won it right back. Carmella is shown skulking around backstage, looking for R-Truth but he’s nowhere to be seen. Drake Maverick, EC3, and a referee are seen walking behind, following her to find Truth.
Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss make their way to the ring. Cross will face Peyton Royce after the break.
The match begins and Royce poses several times. She then kicks Cross in the face before whipping her into the corner. Royce choke Cross with her boot against the ropes.
Cross attempts to roll-up Royce but she kicks out. Royce chokes Cross again, then punches her. Royce performs something of an octopus stretch over the ropes. She taunts Cross before whipping her into the corner again. Cross dodges Royce and jumps on her back, but she’s tossed off. Royce applies an armlock.
Cross is bleeding from the mouth somehow. Peyton knees Nikki before getting caught with an elbow. The crowd is so dead. Cross clotheslines Peyton, then hits her with a running clothesline and a bulldog for a two count. Cross goes up top and looks for a crossbody but nobody is home.
On the outside, a guy comes down and gives Alexa a coffee. She stands and drinks while Kay and Royce yell at her. Peyton kicks the coffee from Alexa’s hand, then Kay knocks her over and into the spilled coffee. Meanwhile, Nikki hits Royce with a swinging neckbreaker from the ropes for the win.
Alexa is livid at her white jeans being covered in coffee, so she runs into the ring and dropkicks Kay in the back. She attacks them until Nikki stops her. They pose for the fans, then leave.
We see Brock warming-up backstage. Then Seth Rollins is shown walking around. This segment will be next!
Seth Rollins comes to the ring and asks Brock to come out and get this over with.
Brock’s music hits but he doesn’t show. Rollins says Brock is trying to play mind-games but he and the fans are tired of it. He says Lesnar was once the most feared man on the planet but he’s now a shell of himself. He calls him out again to prove himself.
Baron Corbin comes out and says Seth shouldn’t be worrying about Lesnar, he should be worried about him. Seth says good luck with that, because he’ll have to take from his cold dead hands. Corbin says he has no problem with that, he retired Kurt Angle and he’d have no problem retiring Seth as well.
Corbin then pokes Seth in the chest. He unloads on Corbin and knocks him from the ring before hitting a suicide dive. Brock’s music hits and Seth readies himself. Corbin then comes in fro behind and hits Seth with the End of Days.
Brock’s music hits again and this time he comes out with Heyman and a referee. Brock gets into the ring and kicks Seth right in the gonads. Lesnar grabs a chair and beats Rollins around the ring with it. Lesnar grabs Seth and hits a German suplex. Heyman tells Brock to cash-in but he says not yet. Brock hits Seth with the chair again, then tosses him from the ring. Lesnar hits Seth with an F5 on the floor.
Lesnar gets Rollins back in the ring and hits him with the chair again. Heyman begs Brock to cash-in but Lesnar keeps saying no. He then German suplexes Rollins again before saying he won’t cash-in until Super ShowDown on Friday. Brock leaves before coming back and hitting Seth with the briefcase, then the chair again several times.
Officials come down and check on Seth, then put him on a stretcher and leave.
We come back to see Seth Rollins being put in the back of an ambulance, with Becky Lynch getting in with him.
It’s a new episode of Firefly Fun House. Bray is dressed in 80’s gym gear, complete with fanny pack. Bray talks to a new character by the name of Huskus the Pig. The pig tells him that one day he will have the whole world in his hands. Bray thanks him but in walks a demonic Vince McMahon puppet and threatens to fire them. Bray promises that the pig will change his tune. Next thing you know Bray is dancing and singing an 80’s workout video. It’s pretty damn funny. He finishes by asking us to let him in.
Triple H is shown walking backstage, he’ll be out next.
Triple H’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring. An “NXT” chant fires up. Triple H says he’s here to talk about Randy Orton.
Before he can say anything more, Randy Orton’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring. An “RKO” chant picks up. Triple H says it’s been a while since he’s stared Orton in the eye. They both know what the face-to-face segments are about. It’s supposed to drum up interest in a fight and maybe break down into the physical fight. However after 20 years, there’s nothing either of them can say or do that hasn’t been said or done before. Triple H says it’s been a while. Don’t let the suit fool him. Triple H says he’s coming to Jeddah to kick Orton’s ass.
Orton says that sounds good to him. But he’s is not Batista. He is the Legend Killer. Triple H knows that better than most, but he would gladly beat him this Friday at Super ShowDown and gladly put another notch on his belt. Triple H says that’s fair enough. It’s been interesting to him as he watches the video recaps. They’ve done unspeakable things, but something rang true when he said Orton was like coal being turned into a diamond. Triple H says Orton is one of the best ever to step foot into the ring. Triple H means it. The thing is a lot of people have tried to put him down. They’re all gone and he’s still here. Triple H says Orton is not the one and turns to leave.
Orton tells him to stop. Orton asks The Game to promise him something: if Triple H can promise that he retrieves his balls from Stephanie’s purse before Friday’s match. Triple H laughs, as do the fans, and he gets back in the ring. Triple H says that is a hell of an idea, and he’ll do just that. However they’re just so big that it’s such a burden to carry them around. Orton wouldn’t know because he’s never had any. Triple H says he’ll see Orton in Jeddah and throws the microphone at him.
The Undertaker will be out for the end of the show. Up next however, Cesaro Vs. Ricochet.
Ricochet runs at Cesaro right away and recreates the spot from last week where eh hits an inverted hurricanrana from the ropes. Cesaro responds with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Cesaro gets a chin lock on, but Ricochet fights out.
Ricochet jumps off the barricade with a hurricanrana. Cesaro elbows him, but Ricochet takes him back down with a moonsault off the second turnbuckle to the floor.
We come back from the break to see Ricochet throwing hands. Cesaro comes back with a deadlift superplex for a near fall. Ricochet snaps him off the top rope to the floor. Ricochet does a handspring from the floor and grabs Cesaro by the neck with his feet – the same finish as last week, but Ricochet impressively gets out.
Cesaro takes Ricochet down and does the Cesaro Swing for a minute. They get to their feet and Cesaro catches him with a running European Uppercut for a near fall. Ricochet knees him in the face and kicks him back. Ricochet looks for a springboard crossbody but Cesaro rolls through for a two count. Ricochet looks for a crazy tilt-a-whirl but doesn’t quite pull it off and pins Cesaro for the win.
As soon as the match ends Cesaro attacks Ricochet from behind and stomps him. Cesaro goes outside and grabs a ladder from under the ring, but he throws it to the side. Cesaro then grabs a table and pulls it out with WWE 24/7 Champion R-Truth on top of it. Ricochet then dropkicks Cesaro into the crowd.
A dozen or more Superstars come running down the ramp after R-Truth. They corner him outside the ring but Cedric Alexander takes them all out with a summersault senton as Truth slides inside. Drake Maverick tries to sneak up on him, so Carmella superkicks him. R-Truth then runs to the back.
The undertaker makes his entrance to a big pop from the Texas crowd.
The Undertaker asks the crowd if they’ve ever wondered what it was like t face death head-on? Do they imagine the sky grows dark, the ground opens up, and the smell of those gone before permeates? Well on Friday Goldberg will find out.
He says he doesn’t want the family man Goldberg. The man who smiles at his wife and children at ringside, he wants the icon, the mythical Goldberg. If he doesn’t bring that version of Goldberg, Undertaker will inflict incredible amounts of pain on him. He finishes by saying, “Goldberg, you’re next!”
And that’s it for tonight’s Raw. Let us know what you thought in the comments and be sure to come back tomorrow for all your wrestling news and results. Until then, safe travels!