Welcome to Ringside News’ coverage of Monday Night Raw! Tonight’s Raw is set to feature some big match-ups, as well as an announcement.
First, the announcement. Baron Corbin takes on Seth Rollins this Sunday at WWE Stomping Grounds. WWE has announced that there will be a special guest referee for the match but tonight we will get the reveal of who the referee will be. Will it be Shane McMahon as he continues his quest to be in every segment of Raw? Vince as he attempts to boost ratings? Or the return of a legend for the same reason? Only time will tell.
The big match announced for tonight is a Fatal 5 Way to determine the number one contender to Samoa Joe’s United States Championship. The match will feature Braun Strowman, Ricochet, Cesaro, The Miz, and Bobby Lashley. Should be a great match, so long as it gets time to breathe.
Elsewhere tonight there are rumours that Bray Wyatt will appear, which is exciting, as well as more confrontation between Becky Lynch and Lacey Evans, Daniel Bryan as one of the wild cards, and beginning to The Revival’s second title reign.
And that’s the preview for the show. Let us know what you’re excited to see by downloading the Ringside News app or following us on Twitter and Instagram! Enjoy the show!
Raw opens with Elias in the centre of the ring. The drifter begins by insulting a Los Angeles sports star. He says the people in L.A are more toxic than the air.
Elias then takes off his jacket to reveal a referee’s shirt underneath. He says Baron Corbin asked him to be the special guest referee this Sunday at Stomping Grounds. Before he can go any further though, Seth Rollins attacks him form behind with a steel chair! Rollins beats Elias repeatedly with the chair, before grabbing a microphone.
Rollins says anyone who considers joining forces with Baron Corbin will get the same thing as Elias. He looks at the steel chair and says there will be nothing waiting for Corbin but more of the same, then leaves.
The Miz makes his entrance for the Fatal 5-Way match to find a new No. 1 contender for the U.S. title. Elias has just got to his feet, so Miz hits him with Skull Crushing Finale! Lashley makes his entrance next and he hits Elias with a spear. That’s followed by a Swing from Cesaro, a Codebreaker from Ricochet, and a running powerslam from Strowman. Poor Elias, that was a fun opener.
We’re back and Samoa Joe has come to ringside to watch the action.
As soon as the bell rings, Strowman runs and dropkicks Lashley and Cesaro. Lashley and Cesaro team up to get in some offense on the big man. Cesaro hits a huge slam before Braun hits him with a powerslam. Strowman scoops up Lashley and powerslams him onto Cesaro. He pins the Swiss Superman. Cesaro Eliminated.
Bobby Lashley returns and hits Strowman with a suplex. However Braun gets back up and hits him with another powerslam for his second elimination. Bobby Lashley Eliminated.
The Monster Among Men runs around the ring to shoulder tackle Ricochet and The Miz. Cesaro and Lashley come back and attack Strowman together, despite being eliminated. Lashley hits him with a Spear as Strowman has Miz on his shoulder. Cesaro hits a Neutralizer, then tells Ricochet to hit his finisher. King Ricochet hits the 630 and Lashley and Cesaro help him get the pin. Braun Strowman Eliminated.
Braun is angry as all hell. He grabs Ricochet and throws him over the ropes and on to Lashley. He then throws Miz and shoves Cesaro into the LED entrance as he leaves. It’s down to The Miz and Ricochet as we head to the break.
We return just in time to see Ricochet his Miz with a hurricanrana. Ricochet jumps onto the apron but Miz yanks his feet and he hits the apron. Miz gets into the ring and looks for a dropkick to the outside but Ricochet dodges it. Ricochet then hits a tope to the outside before getting Miz back in.
Ricochet looks for the 630 but Miz avoids it. Miz looks for the Skull Crushing Finale but Ricochet rolls him up for a near-fall. Miz connects with a snap DDT for a near-fall. Samoa Joe is still there, watching like a lion. Miz hits Ricochet with the It Kicks. Ricochet fires back with a mule kick but his leg is hurting. He looks for a rolling dropkick but Miz grabs the leg and gets him in a Figure Four.
Ricochet is able to reverse the pressure, but Miz reverses it back again, so Ricochet grabs the ropes to force the break. Miz grabs Ricochet and looks for the Figure Four again but Ricochet rolls him up for a near-fall. Miz goes to the apron and leaps for a springboard axe handle but Ricochet catches him with a botched Codebreaker. Ricochet then drags himself up the ropes and hits the 630 for the win!
Of course, as soon as the match is over Samoa Joe comes into the ring and attacks Ricochet. Joe stomps him down, then runs at him but Ricochet pulls the ropes and Joe flies over to the floor. Ricochet follows-up with a tope to Joe. Ricochet gets back in the ring and poses. They will go toe-to-toe for the United States Championship on Sunday!
Later tonight, Daniel Bryan will face Seth Rollins. We see Bryan and Rowan walking backstage. Becky Lynch is shown walking as well, she’ll be coming face-to-face with Lacey Evans tonight.
We see a picture from the MTV Movie Awards, where Seth Rollins Becky Lynch went as boyfriend and girlfriend. Lynch makes her entrance to a nice reception. She asks Evans to come out now, then carries on and says she has to listen to Evans week after week. Next time she comes within striking distance of The Man though, she’ll take her out. She says she’ll do the people of “Los Angeleez” a favour by kicking her ass all over the city.
Evans makes her entrance and says nobody cares about Becky Lynch. She says Lynch has it all wrong: she makes Lynch mad because she doesn’t understand her. Lynch says she understands that Evans would rather stand on the stage and talk slowly than come to the ring and fight.
Evans says that Lynch sees her as nothing more than a pretty dress, a classy hat, and a flawless figure, but she’s been through more than Becky can imagine. Lynch asks if this is the part where Evans tries to pull on her heart strings. Evans says this is tinsel town, and they should make a movie about her. Because unlike Becky Lynch, she’s actually a marine. Lynch says she knows Evans’ story and that makes her all the more confusing; why would a marine attack from behind? Lynch says she respects who Evans was and what she did but who she is now is pure trash. Evans rambles on for a minute about being what the woman’s division needs and how this Sunday she will take the title and bring dignity to it. As she’s climbing into the ring Lynch grabs her and hits the Bexploder. Lynch then grabs her fancy hat and adorns it as she leaves up the ramp.
The camera then pans from the arena backstage, where we find The Revival walking with their titles and wearing nice clothes. They find Shane’s lounge and walk in to find McMahon and McIntyre drinking champagne.
Charly Caruso is backstage with Baron Corbin, and she asks about Rollins attacking Elias. She says Elias is no longer going to be the referee on Sunday. Corbin says what happened happened, but he’s a very important guy and he has lots of friends. He will reveal who the new referee is later tonight on the Kevin and Sami Show. Caruso runs and Corbin turns around to get him by a chair from Seth Rollins. Rollins kneels down and says he would offer Corbin a seat but he has more work to do.
The Viking Raiders will be in action, next!
Daniel Bryan and Erick Rowan, the planet’s Tag Team Champions, come out onto the stage. Bryan says he understands why he was asked to be the wild card tonight, because both Raw and Los Angeles sucks. He says LA is the smog capital of America and it’s full of ignorant and impotent people. However he and Rowan are here to life them from the smog and excite them. And tonight he will do just that by destroying Seth Rollins. In doing so, he will show Raw that he and Rowan are the greatest tag team in history.
The bell rings and Erick hits Rusty with a dropkick, then pulls Randy into the ring and hits a belly-to-belly. He tags Ivar, who springboards off the ropes and hits a spinning clothesline to Randy. They hit Rusty with the their finisher and that’s that.
The camera shows the fans at ringside but Carmella and R-Truth were sitting there, disguised. Suddenly all the jobbers come running down and Truth slides under the ring. They can’t find him and accidentally pull Titus out from underneath. Eventually Truth and Carmella come out the other side. They’re chased through the crowd and to the back.
Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, and Baron Corbin are backstage, comparing notes. The Kevin and Sami show will be next.
We’re back with McMahon, McIntyre, and The Revival in their lounge. Heath Slater walks in and he’s talking to them but for some reason Cole is talking over him. It seems Slater says money is tight and he needs a raise and The Revival burst out laughing. Shane says it takes balls to come in and ask for a raise. He says the answer is no and tells Slater to leave. He then instructs Drew to “take care of that”.
Drew follows Slater out of the room. He says he’s sorry, they go way back and he needs to do something to make up for this. Drew then drops some money on the floor and when Heath bends to pick it up he shoves him into steel cargo. He slams Slater’s head off the wall over and over until he’s pulled off by The Revival and Shane. As McMahon is taking McIntyre back into the room, Dawson and Dash grab all the money McIntyre dropped and stuff it in their pockets.
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are in the ring for the Kevin and Sami Show. It’s still all Kevin Owens graphics, to which he apologises to Sami. They introduce Baron Corbin, who makes his way to the ring favouring his arm that Rollins attacked with a chair.
Zayn says he wants to let Corbin know this is a safe space. Unlike the rest of WWE, he can assure Corbin he won’t get attacked here. They say they get attacked all the time, so they want to withdraw their names from being Corbin’s referee on Sunday. Zayn says they want Corbin to enlighten everyone as to who his referee will be.
Corbin says he had a lot of people in line waiting for the opportunity, right down the street. But he chose the man who he thinks can best count to three: EC3. EC3 then makes entrance but Seth Rollins comes out an attacks him with the steel chair from behind. Seth walks to the back as Corbin shouts at him for attacking every referee. Corbin turns back to Seth and Sami and says it’s back to the drawing board. We have an awkward minute where nothing happens before The New Day make their entrance. I smell an impromptu match.
The New Day come out and feing concern for EC3, who is still lying on the stage. Zayn tells them to cut the music because they aren’t guests, they aren’t even wild cards. Kofi says he’s the WWE Champion, which means he can be on any show he wants. And he’s going to bring his boys with him. Owens says Kofi shouldn’t be worried about what his boys or the fans want, because next chance he gets he will take the title from him. Kofi says Owens has failed before, and so has Dolph. Corbin challenges them to a match but Woods says there is no referee out here to sanction the match. Big E gets a bright idea and grabs EC3. The crowd begin chanting for EC3 as Woods and Big E hold him up. He’s completely knocked out. Woods asks if EC3 can officiate the match, then he and Big E wag him up and down, Weekend at Bernies style. Woods asks if he can make the match official and Kofi puts on a high pitched voice to say yes, and it’s happening right now! New Day then drop EC3 and make their way to the ring.
We go backstage to the trainer’s room where we find AJ Styles. Styles has been cleared to wrestle! Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows walk in the room in white jackets pretending to be doctors. Styles says he was thinking about them. He says three years ago they made their debuts in the Staples Center. Styles says they were cool in Japan and now they’re in WWE having classic matches. Styles then says they got comfortable making money. Styles asks when is the last time they won a match or were on RAW. When’s the last time they were on WWE? They need to get serious. Styles misses the old Gallows and Anderson. Anderson says they have a match against The Usos. They’ll show how serious they are when they beat them.
Back live and the bell rings for this match that is now 2-out-of-3 falls. It’s announced that Big E and Woods will face Owens and Zayn at Stomping Grounds.
We begin with Zayn and Woods. They lock-up and Woods forces Zayn to the corner. He hits the ropes and slides through Sami’s legs before delivering a right hand. Zayn forces Woods to the corner and tags Owens, who comes in and stomps Woods down in the corner. Corbin tags in and he stomps Woods as well, then distracts the referee as Owens chokes Woods.
Corbin mocks Woods before connecting with a right hand. Woods fires back with an enziguiri. He looks to make a tag but KO tags in and attacks Xavier. Owens looks for a senton but Woods gets his knees up. Zayn then tags in and grabs hold of Woods to keep him away from the corner. Woods is fingertips away but then rolls-up Zayn for the first fall!
1-0 The New Day
We come back from the break to see Corbin stomping Big E. Owens tags in and continues the stomping. The heels exchange quick tags but Big E eventually gets Zayn out of the ring. Owens superkicks him to prevent a tag and for a two count.
Corbin gets in the ring and whips Big E into the corner. Zayn tags back in and punches away at Big E. Owens tags in and bounces Big E off the top turnbuckle. Owens then knocks Woods off the apron. Big E sidesteps Owens and puts him in the ring post shoulder-first. Big E then hits Owens with a belly-to-belly side suplex.
Kingston and Corbin are both tagged in. Kingston hits him with a springboard, two slaps, and a dropkick. Corbin throws him off, but then runs into a pendulum kick. Kingston hits a cross-body TO KO for a near fall. Kingston kicks Corbin down and hits the Boom Drop. Kingston sets up for Trouble in Paradise, but Corbin counters him with the Deep Six. The New Day break up the pin.
Corbin then goes for an out-and-in clothesline to Kingston, but he inadvertently hits Zayn instead. Owens starts to argue with him, so Corbin pushes him. Owens then superkicks him and leaves. Kingston hits Trouble in Paradise for the win and the clean sweep.
We go backstage to see Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross. Bliss gifts her a new mug and there’s a scroll inside it. It says the Goddess invites her to be her tag partner in a Tag Team Championship match against The IIconics. Cross gets very excited and Bliss says she wants to prove to Bayley in particular what a women’s tag champ should be to fans. Once again we have Bliss as a babyface on Raw and a heel on SmackDown. Why?!
Paul Heyman is shown backstage and Cole asks if Lesnar will be cashing in tonight. Shameless.
We’re back and Paul Heyman is getting into the ring. Heyman introduces himself and who is clientele is. He says he isn’t comfortable being out here tonight when Seth Rollins is here smashing everyone with a chair. However he isn’t a physical threat. He says he will not be the referee on Sunday, he does not want to be. He says you’d have to be an idiot to accept Corbin’s offer.
Heyman asks what the Lakers and Rollins have in common? They both traded away their balls. He says the Lakers traded their ball so that Lebron could have a playmate. And Rollins traded his balls for a chair because he isn’t man enough to face Brock Lesnar. Heyman says Lesnar also knows how to swing a steel chair, so if Seth is vulnerable after his match with Bryan tonight, just maybe Lesnar will be here waiting in the wings. He says maybe it will be tonight, maybe it will be Sunday. Nobody knows.
We see Corbin backstage, trying to convince Eric Young to be the referee on Sunday. Young says he will consider it but almost immediately Rollins walks up with the chair. Young says he wasn’t going to consider the offer. Rollins says he knows Young wouldn’t accept it, they go back a long way. He turns to leave but then whacks Young with the chair. he batters him with it repeatedly.
We see Jimmy and Jey Uso backstage. They say it seems that Anderson & Gallows mean business tonight, well then let’s send a message to the rest of the division.
Back from the break and out come The Uso’s, followed by Gallows and Anderson.
We start the match with Gallows and Jey. Jimmy is knocked from the apron, then Gallows floors Jey with a right hand. Anderson tags in and they hit a Boot of Doom for a near-fall.
Anderson is annoyed and punches Jey. Anderson goes outside the ring and floors Jimmy with a right hand, before going back in and applying a headlock. We see AJ Styles watching on a monitor as the announcers mention that Gallows and Anderson are former IWGP Champions. Anderson too sweet’s Gallows and makes the tag.
They look for the Magic Killer but Jimmy comes in and superkick Gallows. The big man tosses Jimmy over the ropes. Jey hits a superkick to Gallows, then Jimmy comes back and they hit a double superkick to Gallows and get the pin.
Anderson and Gallows are visibly annoyed, as is AJ backstage.
We see Shane, McIntyre, and The Revival still partying backstage. Roman Reigns is showing walking around. Still to come, Daniel Bryan Vs. Seth Rollins.
Roman Reigns makes his entrance in Los Angeles. We see highlights of Shane beating Roman at Super ShowDown. Reigns will face Drew McIntyre at Stomping Grounds on Sunday.
Roman says Super ShowDown was not a good week for him. He isn’t here to make excuses though, because excuses don’t entertain anyone. What does entertain people is him whooping ass. So he invites Shane down to the ring to face him one-on-one tonight.
Shane appears on the Titantron and says he has some business to take care of before he leaves. He makes Mike Rome introduce him before saying Roman shouldn’t be ashamed at losing to the best in the world. Dash and Dawson say it was really hot, so Shane says they call him Mr. Farenheit. He says he won’t be coming down there to face him. He should be a lot more concerned about Sunday, when he faces Drew McIntyre. The Scottish psychopath says the only reason he isn’t out there right now is because of Shane. He says he will physically assault Roman until its very uncomfortable. Then he might pin him. But that won’t be the end of the night, because he will disfigure Roman until his kids are terrified of him.
Roman then leaves the ring and makes his way through the crowd towards the back, meanwhile Drew is mentioning that Roman is in Hobbs & Shaw, so fans should see it before he’s disfigured. Roman is met by Dash and Dawson, whom he punches and throws into a garage door. Roman finds Shane’s office and walks inside, where he hits Drew before slamming Shane into a wall. Roman lifts Drew and slams him through a table, before chasing Shane back into the arena.
Shane hops the barricade but Roman leaps over it after him and lands on Shane. Roman beats McMahon around ringside and tosses him into the ring. Roman hits the Superman punch, followed by a spear. He grabs the microphone and says “crawl to the back, and tell Drew I’m gonna whoop his ass on Sunday.”
Peyton Royce and Billie Kay come out and make fun of their opponents, saying they aren’t a real team or worthy. They say Alexa is a former Champion, and compare her to Lebron James; was a Champion until he joined the Lakers. They say the only people in LA with bright futures is them because they are iconic.
Cross and Bliss make their entrance. Bayley comes out to watch the match – meaning Bliss is a babyface and a heel, all at the same time.
Billie Kay starts against Alexa Bliss. Bliss slaps her, so Kay pulls her down by the hair. Bliss takes her down and stomps away at her. Peyton Royce tags in, and Nikki Cross is brought in. Cross takes her down and goes for a cross-body block, but Royce moves. Kay tags in and strikes at Cross.
Royce tags in and applies a chin lock before whipping her down for a two count. Cross fights out, but Kay pulls her back. Kay kicks her and knocks her down. Kay then knocks Bliss off the apron.
Bliss and Bayley come face-to-face and the Goddess shoves the Champion. The IIconics double-team Cross and, while Bayley pulls Alexa off the apron, Royce rolls her up for the win.
After the match Alexa attempts to explain to and console Cross.
The Firefly Fun House is next!
We’re back in the Fun House and Bray is gardening. He says our minds are like gardens; they just need a little water and sunshine to make your ideas grow. Some ideas are like worms though, and that’s not good. He says throughout your life people will lie to you. He says he bets your parents told you the Earth is round, but they haven’t travelled around it. And he bets your teachers told you dinosaurs are extinct. Wyatt says he knows different. That’s why he built this place so they can all be together. All of the Firefly Fun House characters come out. Wyatt wants everyone to join them where the fun never ends. All the characters say, “Join us.” Wyatt says people worship what they fear, and fear is power. He says, “Follow the leader”. and then get a super creepy montage of the muscle man dance song playing in different styles, like pop and metal, while we see clips of scared kids, abandoned places, worms, and Bray’s alter ego, The Fiend. Bray appears in the mask and growls, “let me in”.
Daniel Bryan and Erick Rowan are backstage with Charly Caruso. She asks if Bryan is ready for this aggressive Seth Rollins. Bryan asks why nobody has had the common sense to just take the chair from Seth. That doesn’t matter however, because they’re going to be in the ring with rules, and he is not as good a wrestler as Daniel Bryan. He says the one thing Seth has never done and will never do is beat him.
We see Seth walking backstage and he stops beside Becky Lynch. They smile and nod at each other before walking the opposite way.
The match gets underway and Bryan gets a side headlock and takes Seth down. Seth uses scissors to escape and takes Bryan down with a side headlock. Bryan shoots Seth off to the ropes but gets hit with a shoulder tackle. Bryan then tosses Seth from the ring and looks for a suicide dive but Rollins punches him. Rollins follows-up with a springboard knee that knocks Bryan from the ring. Seth hits a suicide dive, then looks for a second but Rowan grabs him and slam him on the apron, forcing the DQ.
Rowan starts attacking Seth in the ring and Bryan hits the running knee, but for some reason The New Day come running down and attack Bryan and Rowan. Followed by Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, then The Revival, and The Uso’s. Leading to a big brawl and The Uso’s hitting dives over the ropes. Eventually referees come down and separate everyone and say that the match will be restarted but nobody will be allowed at ringside.
We return and the match gets underway. They run and attack each other. Bryan tosses Seth high and over the ropes to the floor. Bryan then throws Seth into the steps before getting him back inside.
Bryan hits a running dropkick in the corner, followed by a second. He looks for a third but Seth catches him with a huge clothesline and both men are down. Seth whips Bryan to the corner but D-Bry flips off and over him, ducks a clothesline, and hits the ropes but runs into a slingblade.
Rollins stomps the band and superkick Bryan but misses The Stomp. They exchange pin attempts. Bryan connects with a huge European uppercut, leading to a striking exchange. Seth looks for an enziguiri but Bryan ducks it and grabs an ankle lock. Bryan literally transitions from an ankle lock into a German suplex and Seth rolls from the ring.
Bryan goes to the apron and hits a leaping knee to Seth. Bryan throws Seth back inside and goes up top. Seth hits Bryan on the ropes and climbs up with him. Bryan headbutts Seth, knocking him off, but then Seth leaps back up and hits a superplex and looks for the falcon arrow but Bryan reverses into the LeBell Lock. Seth tries to reach the ropes but Bryan twists his free arm behind his neck. Seth gets his foot on the rope to force the break.
Bryan kicks Seth in the chest repeatedly, then the head. Bryan takes to the corner and looks for the Running Knee but Seth grabs him and hits the Buckle Bomb, followed by a superkick for a near-fall. Rollins goes to the top rope and looks for the frog splash but Bryan catches him in the LeBell Lock again. Seth counters with a pin attempt but Bryan kicks out. Rollins hits an enziguiri, followed by The Stomp for the win.
That was an awesome match that makes me want a proper feud between those two. Rollins makes his exit up the ramp but Corbin attacks him from behind with a chair. Rollins rolls down the ramp and Corbin hits him again. Corbin lays in another shot and puts him in the ring. Corbin hits the End of Days to Seth and holds the title.
That’s it for tonight’s Raw. Maybe it’s just me but I thought that was the best in a long time. Let us know what you thought and we’ll see you back here tomorrow for more news and results. Until then, safe travels.