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Well, Paul Heyman’s spoiler was just that. At last night’s very good Extreme Rules PPV, Brock Lesnar came out and cashed in the Money In The Bank briefcase to take the WWE Universal Championship away from Seth Rollins. Now the Brock Party can resume, and just in time for the first official Monday Night Raw under Paul Heyman’s watch.

Last night, AJ Styles defeated Ricochet to become the new WWE United States Champion. And he did so with the help of Anderson and Gallows. One would imagine that a rematch would be in order, probably at SummerSlam. In the meantime, how can Ricochet stay clear of more beatings from The Club?

So, while Seth Rollins lost his Universal Championship last night, he and Becky Lynch did defeat Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans. This leaves us wondering who will step-up to face Lynch now that Evans is out of the picture. Will it be Sasha Banks? Or will she be heading to SmackDown Live to team with Bayley to face Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss?


Well that’s the preview for tonight’s show. Not too much to go on but that’s potentially exciting as it leaves room for new feuds under Paul Heyman. Of course, next week is the big Raw Reunion show, which will feature D-X, the NWO, Ric Flair, Steve Austin, The Dudley Boyz, and more. Until then, you can stay in touch via Instagram, Twitter, or the Ringside News app. Enjoy the show!

Monday Night Raw

WWE Raw from Long Island, New York opens with The Beast, the WWE Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar and his advocate Paul Heyman.

We see replays of Lesnar’s win over Seth Rollins last night as he and Heyman make their way to the ring. Paul introduces himself and Heyman, with Brock seemingly in good spirits. Heyman says he told us what would happen last week, and he told us again last night, and low and behold it all came to pass. The fans start to boo and Heyman tells them to boo themselves for not believing him.

Heyman says everybody in WWE needs to remember that he told them what would happen. He told them they had better have an opponent ready for Brock. Heyman jokes that he has “all the stroke” around here nowadays, so he has figured out how to determine who Brock’s SummerSlam opponent will be. He admits his client isn’t the easiest man to negotiate with and, to prove his brilliance, tonight we’re going to have a cross-brand 10-man battle royale that will include Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Rey Mysterio, Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley, Randy Orton, Cesaro, Braun Strowman, and Big E.

Heyman says if he was Seth Rollins, he would be wary about winning tonight. Because he walked into last night’s show as Becky Lynch’s stud but walked out as a gelding (a castrated horse). So Seth is proof that fighting Brock Lesnar is dangerous to your health and your manhood. And anyone who steps in the ring with Brock needs to know that, in this Universe, “you’re all Brock’s bitches.”

Ricochet makes his way to the ring, running past Brock in the process. He’ll be in action after the break. Later tonight we’re getting Samoa Joe Vs Finn Balor, as well as a Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match to determine who faces Becky Lynch at SummerSlam.

*Commercial Break*

2-Out-Of-3 Falls Six Man Tag Match

Ricochet & The Uso’s Vs. The Revival & Robert Roode

Roode is no longer sporting the moustache. We start the match with Scott Dawson and Jimmy Uso. Jimmy lands a superkick right off the bat and Dash runs in but gets thrown to the outside. Ricochet tags in and hits a Recoil, followed by a running shooting star press for a pinfall.

1-O Ricochet & The Uso’s

The second fall starts with Ricochet and Robert Roode. Ricochet is forced to the corner and chopped but fires back with a handstand headscissors and a dropkick. Jey Uso tags in and kicks Roode in the gut but gets caught with a spinebuster.

Dash Wilder tags in and knees Uso in the mouth. He slows things down and punches him around the ring before body slamming him. Dash looks for an elbow drop but Jey dodges it. Jey ducks Wider and delivers an atomic drop. Dawson tags in and hits a flapjack.


*Commercial Break*

We return to see the third fall begin and Dawson beats on Jey Uso rapidly. Wilder tags in and applies an abdominal stretch. Jey fights out and floors both Uso’s before making the tag to Ricochet.

Roode is also legal and Ricochet takes him down with a dropkick before kicking Dawson off the apron and tossing Dash out the other side. Roode looks for the Glorious DDT but Ricochet reverses into a pin attempt. Ricochet connects with the Recoil, followed by the 630 for the win.

Winners: Ricohet & The Revival

AJ Styles, Anderson, and Gallows make their way down to the ring and taunt Ricochet with the United States Championship. Styles dives through the ropes and onto AJ. Anderson and Gallows pound on Ricochet but The Uso’s come to help. The Revival start beating on The Uso’s but they end up getting superkicked, then both Uso’s look for stereo dives but Roode drags Jimmy out of the ring. Jey gets hit by the Shatter Machine, then they look to beat on Jimmy but Ricochet comes in with a springboard crossbody. And finally, Styles takes out Ricochet with a Phenomenal Forearm, then Anderson and Gallows hit the Magic Killer. The Club pose over Ricochet.

*Commercial Break*

The Viking Raiders Vs. Vinnie Bruner & Jackson James

Erik starts against one of them and wipes him out. Ivar tags in, and The Viking Raiders knee him down. Ivar brings the other guy in, and they annihilate him. Erik slams Ivar into the one guy, but Ivar lifts the shoulders before the count of three.

Erik tags in, and they hit a double-team backbreaker/gutbuster. Erik and Ivar hit a German Suplex/clothesline before hitting the Viking Experience for the quick win.

Winners: The Viking Raiders

We see replays of The Undertaker and Roman Reigns defeating Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre.

We see Drew McIntyre arriving backstage earlier today and he found Cedric Alexander in a locker room and told him he’s a joke, as well as a few others standing with him. McIntyre says the time has come for him to disembowel and dismember him. Then says he’s joking because that’s illegal but he will humble him. Alexander says he is humble but the tonight he will prove himself to McIntyre.

*Commercial Break*

Cedric Alexander Vs. Drew McIntyre

As soon as the bell rings McIntyre storms Alexander and stomps him down. Alexander makes a comeback and knocks him out of the ring, then connects with a summersault plancha.

Alexander gets McIntyre back in the ring but Drew catches him with a belly-to-belly overhead suplex into the turnbuckles! McIntyre hits another belly-to-belly overhead suplex, and a third. Alexander blocks a kick and elbows McIntyre in the head.

Alexander tosses Drew over the ropes but McIntyre lands on his feet and goes to the top rope. McIntyre then jumps into a dropkick. Alexander goes for a handspring kick, but McIntyre hits the Glasgow Kiss. McIntyre goes for an inverted Alabama Slam, but Alexander counters into a roll-up for the win.

Winner: Cedric Alexander

We cut backstage to Finn Balor staring at the camera in a smokey room He says he lost last night but he needs to keep moving forward. Balor wants his title back. Tonight, Samoa Joe stands in his way. Finn doesn’t care if he has to go up and over him, or through him, he’ll find a way to keep moving forward.

Also backstage, Samoa Joe says he’ll be waiting to hand Balor another loss. Joe then makes his entrance as we head to the break.

*Commercial Break*

We come back to see Joe standing in the ring but then cut backstage to an interview with Roman Reigns. Caruso asks Reigns how he feels about the big match tonigt. He says he doesn’t care what anyone else says, this is his week; from the Hobbs & Shaw premiere to teaming with the Deadman, he feels unstoppable.

Samoa Joe Vs. Finn Balor

The storied rivalry between Joe and Balor reignites as the bell rings and Joe forces Balor to the ropes before shoving him. Balor grabs Joe but eats an elbow for his trouble. Joe grounds Finn with a wristlock but Finn kips-up and takes a headlock. Joe tries to fight Balor off but he holds onto the headlock. Joe gets Finn in a crucifix pin and wins!

Winner: Samoa Joe

As soon as the match ends Joe attacks Finn. He grabs the Irishman and applies the Coquida Clutch but Balor rolls backwards and out, then delivers a double foot stomp. Finn dropkicks Joe into the corner, then hits the Coup de Grace.

Balor’s is celebrating when all of a sudden his music cuts out and the lights go out. The lights go back up and The Fiend, Bray Wyatt, is in the ring, holding Balor. He delivers Sister Abigail before posing. The lights go out and we hear Bray laughing as we head to a commercial.

*Commercial Break*

Drake Maverick and his wife are checking into a hotel and he’s registered them as Mr. and Mrs. 24/7 Champion. His wife isn’t happy about the name but he says he can’t put his real name down because anyone could be nearby. She says she wants the most romantic room and the most expensive wine, then Maverick pays for the room in cash. Maverick and his wife leave R-Truth pops his head around the corner with a referee and asks the concierge if he has a guest listed under “Hornswoggle”.

We cut backstage to see the Street Profits watching all this on a television. Ford is astounded that Maverick hasn’t consummated his marriage yet but Dawkins says that’s probably cause he hasn’t done it yet. Ford asks Dawkins who he thinks is gonna win the women’s Fatal 4-Way match to face Lynch at SummerSlam. He lists the competitors and Dawksins says he thinks Cross will win, then stares off into the distance, clearly infatuated with Cross. Ford asks why he’s so obsessed with her, to which Dawkins says she’s intense. Ford asks who will win the men’s battle royale, to which Dawkins yells Big E. Ford beats his chest and predicts Seth Rollins, then they sing “we brought the smoke”

Zack Ryder is in the ring, ready for his opponent. We see Mike Kanellis backstage but Maria walks-up and says she’s taking this one. He says no but she shoves him aside and says even pregnant she stands a better chance than he does. Maria walks out but a referee won’t let her wrestle. Mike comes down and says he’s got this.

Zack Ryder Vs. Mike Kanellis

The bell rings, Ryder runs, ducks Kanellis, hits the Rough Ryder, and wins.

Winner: Zack Ryder

Maria says she knew that would happen. She says her unborn child stood a better chance than he did.

AJ Styles will be teaming with Gallows and Anderson after the break.

*Commercial Break*

The Club Vs Lucha House Party

The match begins with Styles and Gran Metalik. AJ lands a vicious right hand straight away, then stomps Metalik into the corner and tags Karl Anderson. Metalik rebounds with an impressive rope-assisted dropkick but Anderson fires back with some stomps before tagging Gallows.

The big man stomps away at Metalik. The lucha tries to fight back but Anderson tags in and drops him. Suddenly AJ Styles is pulled off the apron by Ricocet, who beats him around ringside Anderson and Gallows meanwhile brawl with the lucha’s. The match will, of course, be restarted after the break.

*Commercial Break*

We return to see AJ beating on Lince Dorado before tagging Gallows. He punches him down into the corner and tags Anderson, who continues the beatdown in the corner. Anderson bodyslams Dorado for a two count.

Dorado makes the tag to Kalisto, who ducks Anderson and delivers a springboard crossbody. He knocks him from the ring, then Dorado and Kalisto follow-up with dives to the outside.

Kalisto gets Anderson back in the ring and looks for a springboard but AJ grabs his foot. The distraction allows Karl Anderson to his a big spinebuster, then tag Gallows and hit the Boot of Doom. Dorado gets on the apron but gets kicked right back off. Styles is tagged and he sneers before applying the Calf Crusher for the submission win.

Winners: The Club

AJ refuses to release the submission, while Anderson and Gallows keep Metalik out of the ring. AJ let’s go eventually, then literally kicks Kalisto out of the ring. The three good brothers pose in the ring.

Seth Rollins is interviewed backstage and he says he’s hurt from last night but the thing that hurts most is that he has to stand there without his title. Before he goes any further he wants everyone to know that Becky is one of the toughest people he’s ever met. But Baron Corbin found out what happens when you push him too far. And that was just a taste of what happens to anyone who gets in his way back to the Universal Championship. He will fight and beat everyone that stands in his way until he can fight and beat Brock Lesnar.

*Commercial Break*

Becky Lynch comes down to scope out the competition in this next one.

Fatal 4-Way Match

Naomi Vs. Alexa Bliss Vs Natalya Vs. Carmella

The bell rings and Alexa Bliss and Carmella are cleared from the ring, leaving Natalya and Naomi to square off. They go abck and forth and do a double kip up to the applause of the crowd. They take each other out with a double clothesline.

Carmella runs in and covers each one for a two count. Carmella tries again and picks up a one count on them. Carmella keeps covering, but can’t get the elimination. Carmella tosses Natalya out of the ring and stomps Naomi in the corner. Carmella backs-up, then runs into a back elbow. The Princess of Staten Island fires back with a headscissor takeover for a near fall.

Natalya gets back in the ring but Carmella hits a head-scissor takeover on her. Carmella hits Natalya with a bronco buster and avoids a Rear View. Carmella superkicks both Naomi and Natalya. Alexa Bliss comes in and rolls Carmella up for the elimination!

Carmella Eliminated

Naomi takes Bliss down and picks up a two count. Naomi slams Bliss and kicks her before knocking Natalya off the apron. Naomi takes her down and kicks Bliss in the face for a near fall. Bliss takes Naomi down and starts stomping her. Bliss talks some trash and slaps her in the face. They then take each other out with a double clothesline. We’re going to commercial but I don’t think the match was ended or is being restarted. I’m confused.

*Commercial Break*

We come back from the break to see Naomi and Natalya brawling at ringside. Naomi hits a blockbuster off the steel steps. Bliss runs and attacks Naomi from behind, before getting her in the ring and picks up a two count. Bliss applies a rear chinlock in the middle of the ring. Naomi fights up and hits a full nelson bomb for a near fall.

Bliss is tossed out of the ring and Natalya hits a Discus Clothesline on Naomi for a two count. Natalya applies a chinlock but then transitions to a surfboard stretch. Bliss covers Nattie while she’s applying the hold for a near fall in a fun spot. Naomi kicks Natalya and goes to the top rope but Bliss distracts her. Natalya hits a sit-out powerbomb, and Bliss runs in to cover for a near fall. Nattie kicks Bliss away and goes for a Sharpshooter on Naomi but Bliss rolls Natalya up for a near fall. Bliss punches Nattie and she rolls from the ring.

Bliss applies another chinlock. Naomi tries to get to the bottom rope but Bliss drags her to the centre of the ring and covers for a two count. Naomi quickly kicks Bliss for a two count. Bliss slams her down and applies the fourth chin lock of this match. The crowd starts chanting, “This is awful.” Natalya gets in the ring and punches away at Bliss. Bliss quickly sidesteps her and stomps her. Nattie goes for a slam, but Bliss takes her down. Naomi pulls Bliss out of the ring. Natalya then rolls Naomi up to eliminate her. For some reason Naomi acts like Natalya cheated and walks off angrily. We’re down to Bliss and Natalya in this surprisingly long match.

Naomi Eliminated

*Commercial Break*

We come back from the break to see Bliss running from Natalya. Nikki Cross grabs a microphone and tells the crowd to cheer for Alexa but then tells them to shut up when they begin to make noise.

Meanwhile Bliss takes Natalya down and hits Insult to Injury. Natalya starts to make a comeback but Bliss rolls out of the ring. Natalya chases but Bliss avoids a Discus Clothesline, and Natalya ends up hitting Cross. Natalya gets Bliss in the ring and applies the Sharpshooter for the win.

Winner: Natalya

Charly Caruso comes into the ring to interview Natalya. She asks how she feels and she says Alexa sucks, and that life can change in an instance. She says going to her hometown to face her friend Becky Lynch for the Women’s Championship. Lynch gets in the ring and says she has something to say. She says that Natalya did well tonight but she needs to understand that she isn’t going to face her friend at SummerSlam, she’s going to face The Man. And she better be ready because she’s a lot better at war than love. Natalya says she mustn’t be a very good lover then, and calls her a bitch. They talk trash until officials get between them.

We see a promo from Orton to the camera, in which he says he has unfinished business with Brock Lesnar. The Miz make his way to the ring.

*Commercial Break*

The Miz is in the ring, hosting Miz TV and he invites his guest: Dolph Ziggler. Dolph comes to the ring and says he has his own problems, but he wanted to see if the rumours of Miz being a company “yes man” were true. Ziggler says Miz isn’t trying to be the best and asks “was it worth it to kiss all that ass and not even be booked on the PPV?”.

Miz says he’d rather not be on the PPV than lose to Kevin Owens in 17 seconds, garnering a big “ooooo” from the fans. Ziggler says that was Goldberg bad, but he has to find a way to sleep at night. He says Miz has become everything he hates, Miz is a walking gimmick. He points at Miz’s LI shirt and points out that he isn’t from Long Island, he’s from Cleveland.

Ziggler says Miz is everything that’s wrong with this business. All Miz gives a damn about is fortune and fame… just like his wife. The Miz immediately attacks him and knocks Ziggler out of the ring. Ziggler immediately gets out of the ring and grabs his eye as Miz watches on angrily.

Drake Maverick is shown in a hotel room wearing a robe, lighting candles, and throwing rose petals on a bed. He’s ready to consummate his marriage.

*Commercial Break*

We see a replay of Bray Wyatt’s return as The Fiend.

Drake Maverick is in his hotel room, wearing only the 24/7 Championship. His wife walks in and isn’t happy about him wearing the title belt but he wins her over. They climb into bed and, just as they’re about to get down to business, the door knocks. She says she ordered champagne and lets the man in with a cart. She pops the champagne then goes back to the bed but the man doesn’t leave. Maverick gets up and asks him to leave but notices he’s wearing a referee shirt under his jacket. Maverick flips out and starts looking everywhere for R-Truth, who pops out from underneath the cart and rolls him up but Maverick kicks out. Truth and Maverick get to their feet and scream at each other, then Truth hits a crossbody onto the bed and pins Maverick for the win. Truth rips the title off of Maverick’s waist as he screams and reaches for his wife, who is screaming in the bed. Truth holds the title up and says he hopes they can consummate the marriage now, then runs off. Maverick chases him and his wife is left in the bed alone. Hilarious segment.

We see a video of Roman Reigns winning an ESPY, then he’s shown getting ready backstage.

*Commercial Break*

All Superstars competing in the main event make their way to the ring, followed by Brock Lesnar, who stands with Heyman on the ramp, watching on.

*Commercial Break*

10-Man Number One Contender Battle Royale

Big E Vs. Randy Orton vs. sami zayn vs. baron corbin vs. roman reigns vs. seth rollins vs. rey mysterio vs. braun strowman vs. bobby lashley vs. Cesaro

Rollins is in the middle of the ring, surrounded. The bell rings and chaos breaks loose. Corbin Chokeslams Rollins and throws him over the ropes but he lands on the apron.

Cesaro hits running European uppercuts to just about everyone in the ring for a straight minute. Cesaro gives The Swing to Rey Mysterio then attempts to catapult him over the ropes but Rey holds on. Lashley grabs Cesaro and military presses him over the ropes and to the floor. Cesaro Eliminated

Rey Mysterio attacks Lashley and hits him with a springboard dropkick. Strowman then throws Lashley over with ease. Bobby Lashley Eliminated

Big E and Braun Strowman come face-to-face and talk trash to each other. They throw hands and Big E avoids Braun in the corner before hitting The Big Ending. Orton immediately catches Big E with the RKO, then Sami Zayn tosses him from the ring. Big E Eliminated

Zayn stands, laughing at Big E, but Orton then RKO’s him. Rey hits Zayn with the 619 and Orton throws him out. Sami Zayn Eliminated

Reigns turns Orton around but gets caught with an RKO. Reigns falls to the ropes and Rey hits the 619. Orton tries to throw him out but Roman hits him with a Superman punch and Orton rolls from the ring. No sooner is Orton out of the ring than Rey Mysterio is tossed out by Baron Corbin and we’re down to five. Rey Mysterio Eliminated

Braun Strowman, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns corner Baron Corbin and they proceed to hit him with all their finishers and toss him from the ring. Braun, Seth, and Roman start throwing hands and Strowman gets Roman up on his shoulder but Roman jumps off and leaps for the Spear but inadvertently hits Seth. Strowman grabs Roman and tries to throw him over but Reigns holds on. Roman tries to drag Strowman over but Seth runs and shoves them both out! Roman Reigns & Braun Strowman Eliminated

Seth thinks he’s won but Randy Orton slides back in. Orton tosses Seth over but he holds on. Rollins hits Orton but Randy then grabs him and hits a DDT. Orton looks for the RKO but Rollins avoids it, kicks him and hits The Stomp. Seth throws Randy Orton out for the win!

Winner: Seth Rollins

After Rollins is announced the winner, Paul Heyman grabs a microphone and says that he wants to give Seth a proper announcement. He says the winner and the man who gets to go to SummerSlam and be victimised and brutalised is Seth Rollins.

Rollins grabs a microphone and tells Heyman to shut-up. He says he’s talking directly to Lesnar now, and tells him he promised he would fight and beat everyone until he got to Brock, and now there’s only Brock left. So he will go to SummerSlam in less than a month and defeat Lesnar, just like he did at WrestleMania, by stomping his head into the mat. And he will again be the WWE Universal Champion.

Just as the show is about to end Brock walks back down and grabs a chair and beats it off the apron before walking away.

And that’s it for this week’s Monday Night Raw. Let us know what you thought of the show and be sure to come back tomorrow for more news and results. Until then, safe travels.

Curtis Dillion

Curtis does our weekly live match-by-match coverage of WWE RAW and SmackDown for Ringside News. In addition to SmackDown, Curtis also does WWE & NXT special event coverage as well. He has been helping out at for Ringside News for many years.

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