Welcome to Ringside News’ coverage of Monday Night Raw.
Everybody’s favourite cringe and arrogant couple, Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins, will be taking on Zelina Vega and Andrade Almas tonight. Lynch and Rollins continue to turn fans against them with their over-the-top, patronising couple routine, meaning the two top babyfaces in the company are leaving a sour taste in fans mouths. The only upside is that their eventual opponents on Sunday are even more unlikable. Tonight could be a solid match however.
Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre will face Roman Reigns and a mystery opponent tonight, because why wouldn’t you essentially give away the PPV match for free on Raw? Who will the opponent be? Well Shane McMahon will be doing the choosing, so it’s likely to be Hornswoggle or someone of that ilk.
Elsewhere tonight, we will learn what’s next for Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley, Samoa Joe wants payback on Kofi Kingston, R-Truth is looking for his 48/7 Championship back, and Rey Mysterio returns to Raw following his injury. All things said, it should be a decent episode of Raw serving as the go-home for Extreme Rules.
And that’s the preview for tonight’s Raw. Let us know what you’re excited to see in the comments, on Twitter or Instagram, and by downloading the Ringside News app. Enjoy the show!
Raw opens with the Raw Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch making her way to the ring. Lynch is followed by her boyfriend Seth Rollins.
We start off with Zelina Vega and Becky Lynch, and the Raw Women’s Champion manhandles her opponent. Lynch slams Vega twice before dancing around the ring, taunting her. Vega tries to crawl through Lynch’s legs to make the tag but she’s caught and thrown.
A right hand from Becky causes Vega to crawl to the apron. Vega sucker-kicks Becky, then hits a snap DDT for a one-count. Vega is whipped into the corner but she fires back with a big kick to the mouth of the Champion. Lynch lies against the ropes, so Vega swings around 619-style and grabs her in a crucifix submission. Becky fights out and creates some separation.
Lynch hits a suplex to Vega, so Zelina makes the tag to Andrade. That means Rollins is now the legal man. The two of them lock-up and Seth takes a wristlock and twists it. Andrade turns the tables and takes a wristlock of his own but Seth fights out, and the two exchange leapfrogs, arm drags, and headlock takeovers.
Andrade chops Seth and looks for a back suplex but Rollins lands on his feet and connects with a slingblade. Rollins clothesline’s Andrade out of the ring and hits a suicide dive, then another. Lynch tagged in and she hits Vega with a Bexploder, followed by the Dis-Arm-Her for the submission win. Of course, that means when we come back from commercial the match will be restarted as a singles match between Rollins and Andrade. Lacey Evans appears in the crowd, watching, so Lynch runs out and lays into her. Seth pulls them apart as we head to the break.
We return to see Andrade attack Seth from behind. Lynch is still on the apron, despite not being in the match anymore. Andrade chops Seth on the corner and kicks him around the ring. Andrade gets Rollins caught up in the turnbuckle and he hits a double stomp from the top rope for a nearfall. Rollins tries to fight back and hits a Falcon Arrow for a nearfall.
Rollins connects with a springboard knee for a near-fall, then heads to the top rope but Andrade shoves him off and to the floor. Zelina Vega then hits Rollins with a hurricanrana while the referee isn’t looking. Lynch then dives off the apron with a forearm to Vega and the two brawl. Andrade begins pulling them apart but Rollins shoves him away. Lynch then shoves Rollins aside, causing Andrade to shoulder tackle her into the barricade.
That makes Seth angry, so he starts laying into Andrade. Rollins gets him back in the ring and Vega tries to hit him with the hurricanrana again but he catches her and Lynch dropkicks her. Seth slides back into the ring and hits Andrade with The Stomp for the win.
The two Champions celebrate after their match. They will face Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans on Sunday in a Winners Take All match. Speak of the devils, Corbin attacks Seth from behind on the stage. Lynch then punches Corbin but he doesn’t really react. Evans reappears and whips Becky around and connects with the Women’s Right. Officials come out and tend to Seth and Becky while Evans and Corbin head to the back.
Paul Heyman walks out onto the stage, stares at Seth, then walks on down to the ring.
We see some replays of the attack, then Evans and Corbin are standing backstage. Corbin says those two never saw their attack coming. They both wonder what will happen when they take the titles. Corbin asks if that will cost them their relationships and says that’s what makes their relationship great; it’s strictly business.
Paul Heyman is in the ring and he introduces himself as the advocate for Mr. Money In The Bank. Heyman says this Sunday there is a PPV and a title match under the Extreme Rules stipulation. He says he knows something about extreme. The show takes place in Philadelphia, and he happens to know that area well. So this Sunday, at Extreme Rules, his client will cash-in the Money In The Bank briefcase against either Kofi Kingston or Seth Rollins. And that’s not a prediction, that’s a spoiler. And he reminds us that he has never lied about spoilers going all the way back to WrestleMania 30. However, if he were messing with the two current Champions, this is how he would do it. But only he and Brock Lesnar know for sure.
The announcers discuss who Brock might cash-in on, then turn us to replays of Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley crashing through the stage last week. They will face-off this Sunday in a Last Man Standing Match.
The Miz make his way out for a six-man, two-out-of-three falls tag match.
Scott Dawson starts off with Jimmy Uso. Dawson takes a headlock but Uso shoots him off and his a shoulder tackle. Dawson responds with a back elbow and tags Elias. The Drifter unloads on Uso against the ropes, then floors him with a clothesline and knocks Miz off the apron.
Elias stomps Jimmy, then scoop slams him before tagging Dash Wilder. Jimmy starts to fight back, flooring both Dash and Dawson, meanwhile Miz and Elias brawl outside the ring. Miz chases Elias, causing a distraction, allowing The Revival to hit Jimmy with a Shatter Machine for the first fall.
1-0 The Revival & Elias
We return to hear the bell ring and see Dash Wilder run at Uso in the corner but nobody’s home. So Elias left, meaning The Revival are technically in a handicap match. Dawson tags in and slingshots Uso into the bottom rope. Wilder tags in and dropkicks Uso in the face for a two count. Tag to Dawson, who wraps Jimmy in a bear hug. Wilder comes in and knocks Miz off the apron, but gets caught with a back body drop and the tag is made to Jey.
Jey Uso comes in hot, flooring both Dash and Dawson and hitting Wilder with a hip attack in the corner. Jey heads to the high rent district and lands a crossbody but Wilder rolls through and holds the tights for a two count. Jey dodges Wilder but the tag is made to Dawson. Jey connects with a Samoan drop to Wilder and kicks Dawson. Wilder hits a brainbuster for a near-fall and Miz is back on the apron. Jey reaches for the tag and makes it. Miz comes in and immediately hits Skull Crushing Finale to Scott Dawson.
Jey is tagged into the match as the final fall is in effect. Dash is knocked from the ring. Jimmy hits a dive over the ropes to Dash, while Jey hits a splash to Dawson in the ring for the win.
Later tonight, Bayley and Nikki Cross will partake in a beat the clock challenge.
We see a replay of Drake Maverick winning the 24/7 Championship, then going on his honeymoon with his wife. In every clip and picture, Maverick is holding the title in front of his wife’s face. We cut backstage to see Maverick’s wife sitting on a production box, and he climbs out of an adjacent box. She complains that he wasted their honeymoon on the title. Maverick says they’re together and that’s all that matters. He offers to consummate their marriage in the box but she says no. He says tonight he will show the world he’s a great 24/7 Champion and then show her that he’s a great husband. She says they can consummate it later tonight, causing Maverick to scream in delight. All the other Superstars hear him and chase after, while his wife sits and shakes her head.
Rey Mysterio is shown walking backstage; he’ll be out after the break for an open challenge.
We see Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre backstage, trying to convince a small guy backstage who works in the arena to be Roman’s partner.
Rey Mysterio comes to the ring and says he wants to keep it short and sweet. He did one of the hardest things he’s ever had to do a month ago: surrender the title. He said the doctors told him he wouldn’t be back for a long time but he rehabbed hard, night and day, and he beat the doctor’s timeline. So he’s back and ready to compete and that’s why he’s issuing an open challenge.
Mysterio attacks Lashley before the bell can even ring. Bobby shoves him off but Rey comes back and continues a high pace beating. Rey hits the 619 and looks for the splash but Lashley catches him with a slam. Lashley then hits the Spear and that’s that.
After the match, Lashley tosses Rey out of the ring like a lawn dart. He then drags Mysterio up the ramp by the fake hair on his mask. Lashley lifts Rey above his head and threatens to throw him into the LED stage but officials come out and beg him to stop, so he throws Rey onto them. Lashley grabs a microphone from the announce table and says last week he was the only man to get back up, and on Sunday he will be the last man standing.
We see AJ Styles, Anderson and Gallows walking backstage and they’re stopped by Charly Caruso. She asks why they attacked Ricochet after the match last week and AJ tells her to get out of his face.
During his entrance, Cesaro walked up to the conga line and they ran off. Jose attacks Cesaro before the bell. He tosses Cesaro into the barricade before putting him in the ring.
The bell rings, and Jose hits a back body drop. Jose punches away at Cesaro, but Cesaro quickly comes back with an uppercut. Cesaro uppercuts away at him in the corner and hits a deadlift gutwrench suplex. Cesaro does the Cesaro Swing and turns it into a Sharpshooter, forcing Jose to tap. I guess Cesaro has a new finisher, and I like it.
We see the Street Profit sitting backstage. Montez Ford says you should never cross Cesaro because you could end up in the upside down. They pitch Extreme Rules on the WWE Network. They say that on Sunday, Roman and Undertaker will be digging holes and taking souls. That is, if Roman can make it to Sunday.
We see Mike and Maria Kanellis sitting backstage. He’s giving her flowers and apologising. She says she loves him and he says he loves her more. She says she loves ice cream even more than him, as well as pickles, and he says he’ll run to get it. She yells at him until he leaves.
We get a split-screen interview with Nikki Cross and Bayley. Cross will be taking part in the Beat The Clock Challenge tonight, in Alexa Bliss’ stead, and the winner of the Challenge gets to choose the stipulation. Cole asks Nikki if she is nervous and she says yes, the weight of the world is on her shoulders because Alexa has done so much for her. Bayley laughs and asks how she can’t see that Alexa is using her. Nikki gets angry and says she’s tired of Bayley running down Alexa each week. Cole interrupts them and announces they will be facing Dana Brooke and Sarah Logan. They both say it will be hard but they will win.
The Viking Raiders are shown in a hallway backstage, bathed in red light. They’ll be in action next.
We see Truth and Carmella backstage, looking in production boxes for Drake Maverick. They’re looking in the smallest places possible. He says he needs his baby back; he’s nervous that Maverick isn’t feeding her or is showing her horror movies. He starts to rhyme but Maverick runs past, followed by all the others. He lifts Carmella onto his back and runs the opposite way.
Erik starts the match against Justin and hits him with a German suplex. Devin tags himself in but is lifted up and hit with a backbreaker. Erik tags Ivar before hitting a powerbomb.
Ivar hits a splash and pins Devin but stops the referee’s count. Erik is tagged again and he lifts one into a powerslam position and the other in a powerbomb and slams both at the same time. They hit the Viking Experience for the win.
Drake Maverick comes running into the ring, followed by the others, and slides right back out but the Raiders attack the other Superstars. Truth runs in and they stare him down, so he leaves the ring and runs off through the crowd with Carmella.
After the break, Ricochet will face Luke Gallows.
Roman Reigns is standing backstage when Charly Caruso comes up to him for an interview. She asks about Shane McMahon’s team playing mind games, to which Reigns says the only team playing mind games is his team.
Ricochet makes his way to the ring and says last week took the biggest beating of his life. And this Sunday he will have to face AJ Styles but he knows tonight he won’t just be facing Luke Gallows, but all three men. So, he’ll just have to beat all three men.
The Club make their way down to the ring. AJ says here in WWE things move quickly. So he reckons Ricochet should slow down and appreciate the moment, because Gallows is going to stomp a mudhole in him. And talk about appreciating moments, they should take a look at what happened last week, so we see a replay.
The match gets underway and Ricochet unloads on Gallows, forcing him to the corner. Ricochet leaps from the ropes but Gallows catches him and hits a huge chokeslam for a two count. Ricochet tries to fire back with some right hands but gets booted down. Gallows drops some elbows on Ricochet, then applies a headlock.
Ricochet climbs to his feet but is clobbered with a forearm. Gallows headbutts Ricochet, then kicks him in the corner. Ricochet fights back but has his head taken off with a clothesline. Gallows lifts Ricochet but gets rolled-up and the Champion wins!
AJ Styles grabs a microphone after the match and says Ricochet can leave it at that, or he can do as he said and try going through all of them. So how about he take on Karl Anderson right now?
Anderson attacks the Champ as soon as the bell rings but Ricochet elbows him back. Ricochet kicks Anderson and connects with a springboard clothesline for a two count. Ricochet punches Anderson before AJ Styles gets on the apron. Anderson takes advantage of the distraction to send Ricochet headfirst into the turnbuckles.
Anderson stomps away at Ricochet before sending him into the ropes for a shoulder block. Anderson picks up a two count. Anderson applies a chinlock to ground the one and only. Ricochet fights up, punches him, and runs but Anderson floors him with a spinebuster for a near fall. Anderson uppercuts him a few times before hitting the ropes but Ricochet hits a backflip kick and a dropkick.
Ricochet hits the ropes but Styles grabs the feet, and Anderson uppercuts Ricochet down. Anderson sends him into the ropes, and Ricochet counters by hitting Luke Gallows at ringside with a Fosbury Flop. Styles tries to attack, but Ricochet hits him with a second rope moonsault block to the floor! Ricochet gets in the ring and hits Anderson with a running dropkick. Ricochet then hits Anderson with the 630 for the win!
As soon as Ricochet wins, AJ attacks him. Styles pounds Ricochet into the mat, then Gallows follows-suit. AJ lifts him up and hits a brainbuster, followed by a Magic-Killer by Anderson and Gallows. AJ instructs Anderson and Gallows to lift Ricochet up and give him to him on the middle rope. He intends to give the Styles Clash but just drops Ricochet instead. He grabs the microphone and says he’s a good guy, and that’s why he’s leaving him. He says he doesn’t want Ricochet to have any excuses after he beats him on Sunday, so long as he stays down. The Club leave but halfway up the ramp Ricochet gets up, so they go back down and Styles hits him with the Phenomenal Forearm.
We see Drake Maverick’s wife sitting backstage. He runs up and says he survived the night but Truth then pops-out of the production box beside her with a referee and all four of them run off.
There’s an old man walking backstage with a mop, he’s limping. Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre walk up and ask him to be Reigns’ tag team partner tonight.
We return to Shane and Drew still talking to the janitor. Shane says he can have $5,000 if he teams with Reigns tonight and just stands there. To which the man says yes.
The match gets underway and Bayley runs at Logan. She tries rolling her up but it doesn’t work. Bayley hits a springboard crossbody for a near-fall. Bayley connects with a running knee in the corner. She hits the ropes but Logan tosses her up in the air and headbutts her. Bayley rolls from the ring.
Bayley comes back into the ring and whips Bayley to the corner. She connects with a running dropkick. Bayley bounces out of the corner with a tackle to Logan but gets caught with a dropkick. Logan applies a modified sharpshooter to the SmackDown Women’s Champion but she gets to the ropes.
For some reason the fans started chanting “CM Punk” during this match. Logan looks to dropkick Bayley but the hugger dodges it and knees Logan in the face. Logan halts Bayley’s momentum once again. Bayley hits a knee to the gut, followed by a sunset flip bomb into the turnbuckles for the win.
Nikki Cross makes her way to the ring for her match with Dana Brooke, which she has to win in under 4 minutes 32 seconds.
The bell rings and Brooke leaves the ring. She claps her hands and points at the clock. The referee starts counting after 30 seconds or so. Brooke goes over and poses with Bayley. Cross eventually leaves the ring and chases Brooke inside.
She headbutt’s Dana in the stomach but gets thrown out of the ring. Cross mean-mugs Bayley before getting back into the ring and dropkicking Dana. Brooke rolls Cross up for a two count. Nikki punches Dana.
Brooke slams her, then goes up top and looks for a swanton bomb but misses. Brooke lifts Cross up but Nikki rolls down and pins her for a near-fall. They exchange pinfall attempts until Cross hits her swinging neckbreaker for the win.
Nikki beat Bayley’s time. She grabs the microphone and asks Bayley to get into the ring with her. She has something she wants to say to Bayley’s face, so the Champion climbs in. Cross says that, for the last few weeks, Bayley has been trying to convince her that Bayley isn’t her friend. But she thinks the problem is that Bayley doesn’t know what a real friendship is. Nikki says that’s OK, because she will prove what real friendship is on Sunday. And that’s because Bayley and Alexa’s match will be a two-on-one handicap match. Cross says Bayley should go find a friend of her own if she stands a chance of winning. Someone to slap some sense into her, so Bayley slaps Cross. Bayley hits her with the Bayley-To-Belly, then goes to the top rope and hits an elbow drop.
Mike Kanellis arrives backstage with ice cream and pickles, and she says she can’t eat that stuff because it will make her fat. She asks him if he would impregnate her right now if she wasn’t already pregnant. He says of course he would. Maria says she would never let him do it again, in fact, she’s not sure he’s the father at all. He stands up and she throws the pickles at him.
Corey Graves interviews Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins backstage. Graves asks how their relationship is going to affect their match at Extreme Rules, like what if one of them costs the other their title? Becky says Corey is trying to act like a big emo journalist. She says there are no rules on Sunday and when those two dopes lose that’s it for them. Lynch walks off and Seth smiles and says “what she said”.
We see a replay of Kofi giving Samoa Joe the finger. The Street Profits are watching the monitor backstage and Montez Ford starts to impersonate The Rock but Dawkins tells him to stop. Ford asks who will win between Samoa Joe and Kofi. He says he likes Kofi but he doesn’t want to get choked out, so he’s saying Joe. Ford then asks who will win the mixed tag match and Dawkins says Corbin, then says he’s joking. They banter back and forth.
After the break, it will be Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre Vs. Roman Reigns and the mystery partner.
Roman Reigns comes to the ring, then Shane and Drew come out onto the stage. Shane says tonight will be a teaser for what is to come on Sunday. Drew says he can see through Roman; he likes to pretend he’s a nice guy and a role model, but he has no respect for authority. Shane says that, without further ado, he wants to introduce Roman’s tag partner….
The match gets underway and Roman floors Drew with a clothesline, then another. Drew kicks Roman but gets caught with a Samoan drop. Roman lines-up a Superman punch but Drew kicks him. Drew headbutts Roman, and he backs-up into Gary.
The Goat is legal and Drew tosses Roman into the ring post. Shane tags in and teases Gary. All of a sudden, Gary hits an enziugiri, then a springboard clothesline. Gary hits a springboard handstand into Shane, then flips over the ropes and onto Drew. He gets back in the ring and hits Shane with another springboard but Drew reappears and hits a Claymore and Shane covers for the win.
Shane forces Mike Rome to announce the win. Roman helps Gary to his feet and takes the mask off to reveal Cedric Alexander underneath. And that’s the end of Raw.
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