Welcome to Ringside News’ coverage for Monday night Raw!
The headline bout on tonight’s Raw is set to be Braun Strowman Vs. Bobby Lashley in a Falls Count Anywhere match. Tensions have been building between the two strongmen and tonight they finally go head-to-head in what should be a fun match.
The New Day will be facing The Viking Raiders tonight. This is a first-time meeting between these two teams and it should be an incredible match, assuming they get the time necessary. That said, this could serve as the catalyst for a new feud leading into Extreme Rules.
In what is likely to be the most compelling aspect of tonight’s Raw, Shane McMahon, Drew McIntyre, and even Roman Reigns will address the return of The Undertaker. Last week The Deadman saved Roman Reigns, setting-up a showdown between the four men at Extreme Rules. WWE hasn’t said Undertaker will be at the show tonight, so fingers crossed he makes an appearance.
Also being teased for tonight’s show is AJ Styles getting closer to a title shot against Ricochet, as well as Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans continuing to ruffle the feathers of Rollins and Lynch, and whether or not Samoa Joe attempts to attack Kofi Kingston again. And that’s the preview. Remember to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and download the Ringside News app for up to date news and results. Enjoy the show!
Monday Night Raw
Tonight’s show from Dallas Texas opens with the announcers running down the scheduled programming, before Braun Strowman makes his way to the ring. Bizarrely, there was a split second shot of the Street Profits standing backstage before it cut to Braun’s entrance.
— WWE (@WWE) July 2, 2019
Falls Count Anywhere Match
Braun Strowman Vs. Bobby Lashley
The match gets underway and both men run into each other with shoulder tackles. Strowman runs and Lashley ducks, leapfrogs, then connects with a spear.
Strowman rolls to the outside, so Lashley climbs out and runs around the ring towards him but Braun floors him with a shoulder block. Braun hits a senton to Lashley before pinning on the floor for a two count. Braun lifts Lashley on his shoulder but Bobby slides off and shoves him into the ring post. Lashley then spears Strowman again into the timekeepers area for a two count.
Lashley clotheslines Braun over the barricade and into the crowd. Lashley stalks Strowman through the crowd, slamming him into things and hitting him. Bobby grabs a chair and cracks it over the back of Braun a few times – no needless head shots – and scores a near-fall. Strowman responds by simply throwing Lashley across the concrete. Strowman takes a giant run-up and runs into Bobby to knock him flying backwards for a two count.
Braun slams Lashley into a steel barricade, before throwing him onto the stage. Lashley fires back with right hands and a shot to the throat. Lashley hits Braun with a suplex on the stage for a near-fall, then gets angry. Lashley walks backwards to the stage, taking a run-up like Strowman, but Braun then runs and tackles him right through the stage! Corey Graves says “Holy shit!”, and the fans chant it as well. There’s a gaping hole in the stage and sparks are flying out, the whole Titantron and ramp is dark and the fans are loving it! “This is awesome” chant fires up. See what happens when ratings plummet and there’s some competition in town? Entertaining television!
— WWE (@WWE) July 2, 2019
We get an interesting camera angle and no commentary to imply this wasn’t scripted, as officials and EMT’s come in to put Lashley and Strowman on stretchers. And it just cuts to commercial. Awesome.
We return live to the same camera angle, then it cuts to Lashley being put in an ambulance. Cole tells us this is a serious situation with both men needing medical treatment. We see a replay of the event before seeing Braun put on a gurney. Corey Graves says he’s never seen anything like that, he could smell burning, and he sounds taken aback, like he doesn’t know what to say. Strowman is put in the ambulance and taken away and we see more replays. We cut to the announcers and Cole says that WWE does everything it can to protect its Superstars but sometimes things happen that they can’t control.
The Viking Raiders make their way to the ring, where they will face The New Day after the break.
The Viking Raiders Vs. The New Day
We start the match with Erik and Big E. Erik drives a knee into Big E’s gut and hits the ropes but Big E knocks him down. Erik rolls onto the apron, so Big E runs along the apron and connects with a splash. E gets back into the ring and covers Erik for a two count.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 2, 2019
Ivar is tagged in and hits Big E with a standing senton, followed by forearms. Big E lifts Ivar but Erik tags back in and knocks him down. Erik lifts Ivar and throws him into Big E in the corner. Erik then applies a submission to keep Big E grounded.
Big E hits Erik with a belly-to-belly to create some distance. He looks to tag Xavier Woods but Samoa Joe comes out and drags Woods off the apron and chokes him.
Winners Via Disqualification: The New Day
Kofi Kingston runs down to the ring and attacks Samoa Joe. The two of them brawl around ringside until Erik and Ivar help Joe fend off Kofi. Eventually referees come down and separate the six men, meaning a six-man tag is likely taking place after the break.
The Viking Raiders & Samoa jOE Vs. The New Day
The WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston, starts off against Ivar and he forces him to the corner with kicks. Kofi drops Ivar with more kicks before tagging Woods and hitting a splash/dropkick combo.
Woods stomps Ivar, but then gets distracted by Joe, allowing Ivar to floor him with a spin kick. Joe tags in and stomps Woods, while teasing Kofi. Woods fires back with some right hands but Joe drops hi with a shoulder tackle, then headbutts him repeatedly.
Erik tags in and drops Woods with a knee. Armbar applied by Erik, but Woods arm-drags him off. Woods unleashes some chops but Erik grabs him and tosses him over his head. Ivar tags in and Erik bodyslams him onto Woods. Joe is tagged in and he hits a senton to Woods. Meanwhile Corey Graves says he has heard rumours that Joe Vs. Kofi at Extreme Rules will be a ladder match.
Joe elbows Woods, then knocks Big E from the apron. Woods tries to fight back but Joe drops him with a chop. Woods manages to get Joe down and tag Kofi, while Joe tags Ivar. Kingston hits a forearm to Ivar, knocks Erik from the apron, then drops Ivar with a forearm. Kofi is caught while looking for a crossbody and a tag is made to Erik. Kofi ducks Erik and drops him with a forearm, before hitting the boom drop.
— WWE (@WWE) July 2, 2019
Kofi gets distracted, allowing Joe to tag in but Kofi knocks him out of the ring. Ivar connects with a running knee to Kofi before being belly-to-belly tossed by Big E. Woods knocks Ivar off of the apron, then dives through them with a dropkick. Ivar then takes out Woods with a suicide dive, and Kofi hits him with Trouble In Paradise. Samoa Joe then comes in from behind Kofi and applies the Coquida Clutch and Kingston passes out.
The Viking Raiders & Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe holds the submission for a few seconds after the bell. Joe tells Kofi “soon”, as Big E cradles the unconscious Champion.
We see another replay of R-Truth taking the 24/7 Championship from Drake Maverick during his wedding. We see Maverick with his blindfolded wife backstage. He’s told her she’s on her honeymoon but then takes off her blindfold and is furious that she’s at Raw. She says he is obsessed, so it’s either her or the 24/7 Championship. He said he of course chooses her, he loves her, and they hug. R-Truth then walks up and says to not mind him, before walking off.
Later tonight, The Undertaker might be here, and Elias Vs. The Miz in 2-out-of-3 falls.
We see Anderson and Gallows sitting backstage. AJ Styles walks in and says they were on fire last week, but they lost. The good brothers act like it’s no big deal. Gallows says AJ almost lost his first match back against Ricochet. AJ says he didn’t want to injure himself, and that he shouldn’t be judging them. They say they have a bet going, with Karl Anderson says AJ can’t beat Ricochet a second time. He’s so sure, that he’s willing to put his “hot Asian wife” on the line. AJ says Ricochet is amazing but he’s going to beat him again.
We return ringside and No Way Jose is making his entrance for a match with Cesaro. Drake Maverick and his wife are sitting at ringside. Truth is part of the conga line and he comes right over to them and dances with Maverick’s wife. Truth then lies down on the barricade in front of them and Maverick stands up, considering pinning him, but his wife stands up and stares him back down. A group of Superstars then come running down to chase Truth to the back.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 2, 2019
Cesaro knocks No Way Jose out of the ring, then connects with a gutwrench suplex and a Neutraliser on the floor. Cesaro leaves up the ramp, meaning no match will take place and no one minds.
Charly Caruso is backstage and she introduces the Street Profits, Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins. They joke around, with Ford pretending to be The Rock. They say they are on Raw and trying to bring the swag back. Ford says that just because they’re the NXT Tag Team Champions, doesn’t mean they don’t want the smoke. The start singing and dancing that they want the smoke.
Drew McIntyre and Shane McMahon are seen walking backstage. They’ll be out to address The Undertaker situation, next.