Welcome to Ringside News’ results for Monday Night Raw!
Of course tonight is the big Raw Reunion show, meaning legends from every era of WWE will be present during Raw. We have no idea what any of these legends will be doing but we do know there are several dozen of them scheduled, meaning tonight’s Raw will be more of a nostalgia trip than a proper episode. Expect the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, D-X, and so many more.
Other than the legends, WWE is teasing Seth Rollins gearing-up to face Brock Lesnar, A Moment of Bliss with Becky Lynch, and more development in the feud between Ricochet and The Club. We also know Mick Foley has been teasing going after the 24/7 Championship, so hopefully old Mick can trick R-Truth into snatching a victory.
And that’s the preview for this special episode of Monday Night Raw. Sure, it may be a ratings grab but who cares? It’s always great to see the legends and it makes for a nice change of pace. So remember to follows us on Instagram and Twitter, download the Ringside News app, and enjoy the show!
WWE Raw live from Tampa, Florida opens with John Cena coming to the ring to a massive reaction from the fans.
Cena makes his way to the ring and it’s so weird to think that he really is essentially retired. Cena grabs a microphone and says it’s great to be in Tampa for the Raw Reunion. He says he could not miss this show because everyone is going to be here and he name-checks a few Stars. He says this is his home, and not just because he literally lives down the street, but because WWE will always be his home. John says he isn’t around as much as he used to be but this is where his heart is and we are all his family. Cena says he is as excited to be here today as he was on day one. So without further ado it’s time to get some energy in the building and out come The Uso’s.
They come down to the ring shouting, “Whoa!” Did Cena just say, “Day One?” Jimmy says we’ve got John Cena in the building, to which Jey asks what would make RAW Reunion even more lit is The Uso’s and John Cena dropping some rhymes right now. The fans chant “yes” but Cena shakes his head and goes leaves the ring to the boos of the fans. The Uso’s say the crowd came to see the Doctor. Who is this? Jey says this is John Cena, the cat that left us for the movie business. Cena gets back in the ring and readies himself.
Cena says, he respects them for calling him out, then pokes fun at Jimmy for getting arrested. Jimmy Usos gives a shout-out to Hillsborough County jail. Cena asks the fans to make some noise, then says he’s gotta bounce and turns to leave, however The Uso’s hold him up say he can’t leave yet because their father is in the house!
Rikishi comes to the ring, dancing along the way. Cena shakes his hand and leaves the ring but Rikishi tells him to get his back in the ring, with all due respect. Rikishi says you can’t have John Cena, The Uso’s, and Riksihi in the ring without bustin’ a move. So all four of them line-up to start a dance but The Revival’s music hits.
The Tag Team Champions, Dash and Dawson, start walking to the ring but then The Dudley Boyz’s music hits. D-Von Dudley comes out and he’s joining The Revival for a six-man tag, after the break!
Hulk Hogan is talking with Jimmy Hart backstage. Hogan says he’s in his hometown and feels like he can beat anyone up. Hogan names some names and tells Hart to take his pick, then we head to the break.
We’re back from the break and Booker T is joining the Raw commentary team for this match. Cena is gone.
The match begins with Scott Dawson and Jey Uso. Dawson takes a headlock and takes Jey down to the mat. The Uso fights back and hits Dawson with a back body drop, then Dash runs in and he gets one as well.
Jimmy tags in and splashes Dawson in the corner, then hits a snapmare for a two count. Jimmy applies a side headlock, but Dawson shoots him off, then lifts Jimmy and drops him on the top rope. Dash Wilder is tagged and they hit a double-team guillotine catapult for a near fall.
Dawson tags back in and attacks Jimmy while mocking Rikishi at ringside. The Revival make use of quick tags to keep Uso isolated. Jimmy goes to the top rope, Dash runs at him on the apron but gets kicked, however Dawson pushes Uso off to the floor.
We come back from the break to see Jey punching Dawson. Wilder tags in and hits Jey with a snapmare into a headlock. Jey fights to his feet, but gets kicked and Dawson tags in. Scott runs but Jey sidesteps him and tags Jimmy.
Jimmy comes in hot and hits a Samoan Drop to Dawson. Wilder tags in and rolls him up for the win, but Jimmy kicks out. Dawson tags in, and The Revival hits a double-team German Suplex/uppercut for a near fall.
Jey takes Wilder out of the ring. D-Von Dudley approaches Jey on the outside but Rikishi walks up to him They talk trash, leading to Dawson talking trash to Rikishi. Dawson turns around and right into a superkick. Jimmy goes up top and looks for a splash while Jey connects with a superkick. The Usos then hit a splash for the win.
Still to come, A Moment of Bliss with Becky Lynch, as well as Seth Rollins Vs. AJ Styles.
We see Alicia Fox backstage with Dana Brooke and Kaitlyn. She’s asking them how she can get a hat that stands 30 feet high for SummerSlam. Torrie Wilson then appears behind them and hugs Foxy. Santino Marella walks-up and joins them, saying Torrie looks delicious. Wilson asks how Santino’s sister is, who he used to act as. Foxy asks how his “little friend” is, and he pauses for a moment, before realising she meant his Cobra. He holds the Cobra up and rubs it all over Foxy and Wilson, who are uncomfortable. Drew McIntyre walks up and looks at them before saying “legends?”, then shakes his head and walks off.
We’re back live for an interview with R-Truth. We see a video of R-Truth on the IGN stage at San Diego Comic-Con. While Trush was being interviewed The Hurricane showed-up and tried to pin him for the 24/7 Championship. Truth kicked out, so Hurricane just shouted “what’s up with that?” and ran off. Then Drake Maverick appeared in a banana suit and tried to pin him but failed. We go back to the live arena, where Drake Maverick’s wife appears and tells Truth he should be ashamed for how he’s treated Maverick. Carmella gets in her face but it’s a distraction because Maverick rolls-up Truth for the win! Drake Maverick is the 24/7 Champion. Truth and Carmella chase Maverick and his wife. The Godfather walks up to Charly Caruso and says it’s time for the ho-train, then they dance.
Drew McIntyre makes his way to the ring for a rematch against Cedric Alexander, after feeling embarrassed about last week. Before the match can even begin, McIntyre runs out of the ring and tries to attack Alexander. Cedric ducks him but McIntyre shoves him into the steel steps. Drew looks to run into him but nobody’s home. Alexander hits Drew with a moonsault to the floor. Drew fights back and throws him into the ring post like a rag doll. McIntyre then punches him down and rams him into the barricade, before hitting him with the reverse Alabama Slam into the ring apron!
The Viking Raiders will be in action, next!
Drake Maverick is in the locker room, breathing heavy and looking all around. He opens up a foot locker to find it full of worms. Suddenly The Boogeyman appears beside him and the lights go red. Boogeyman says he’s coming to get Maverick, who runs and falls over. The lights return to normal, implying Boogeyman is gone. Pat Patterson walks in and asks what the hell is going on. He then kicks Maverick a few times and pins him to become the new Champion! Pat Patterson is the 24/7 Champion.
Christian has joined the commentary team and Lilian Garcia is the ring announcer.
The match begins with Zack Ryder and Erik. Ryder punches him to the corner, then Hawkins and Ryder hit stereo dropkicks to Ivar. Ryder tags Hawkins and they hit a double-team Russian leg sweep for a two count. Ryder tags back in and gets beat down by Erik, who then tags Ivar.
Ivar slams Ryder, then connects with some forearms. Christian says he wouldn’t have wanted to face The Viking Raiders during his hey-day. Erik makes the tag and body-slams Ivar onto Ryder. Hawkins tags in but Ivar jumps over him and drops him with a clothesline. Erik lifts Ivar and runs him into Hawkins.
Hawkins and Ryder toll to the outside, but Ivar hits them with a suicide dive. Erik is tagged in and they hit The Viking Experience for the win.
We see a bunch of the legends backstage talking and Mike Kanellis is talking to Eve Torres. Maria walks in and is angry. Mike says he was just telling Eve that she’s pregnant and Eve could give her some tips. Eric Bischoff then appears and says if they want they can come to SmackDown Live. Maria ignores them and says that Mike was supposed to be rubbing gel all over her belly and says she is the breadwinner. That if she doesn’t provide for the child nobody will, then storms off. Ron Simmons walks in and grabs Jimmy Hart’s microphone, before yelling damn at Mike.
The Club are standing backstage and AJ says tonight is a celebration. He says it’s because this is the original, the only club that matters. Anderson and Gallows say nobody on Raw can make a name at their expense. AJ says they can’t be referring to Seth Rollins, because they will teach him a lesson if he tries to get back up. They refer to themselves as The O.C (Original Club).
We see Pat Patterson lying down backstage and he’s just been pinned by his old partner…Gerald Briscoe is the 24/7 Champion! Patterson calls him a stooge, but Briscoe says “takes one to know one”. Briscoe walks off, holding the title above his head and cheering. Kelly Kelly walks up and says it’s so great to see him. She hugs him, then knees him in the groin and pins him! Kelly Kelly is the 24/7 Champion. Kelly runs off with the title.
Samoa Joe makes his way to the ring and grabs the microphone. He reminds us of his name and the fans chant it. He says he has come here tonight to point out a vile atrocity in WWE. That’s because tonight we celebrate the Raw Reunion, the longest-running episodic TV series going today. However we shouldn’t be celebrating because shows like this one are a plague to the WWE. Shows where the WWE Universe gets to put on their rose-coloured glasses and they have to indulge our ridiculous nostalgia. The fans boo. He says they could have seen him paint in brutality and sculpt in violence but no, instead we got John Cena and The Uso’s singing and dancing with their daddy. He rants on a little more before he’s interrupted by The Big Dog, Roman Reigns.
Reigns comes to the ring, slowly, and poses on the corners. He says that if Joe has something to say about his family he should say it. Joe says he already said how he feels. Roman says he’s from the same island, so he knows what happens next. Joe starts to speak but then throws a cheap shot at Roman. The Big Dog punches him to the corner but Joe rakes his eyes and kicks him out of the ring. Joe proceeds to ram Roman into the barricade, then whips him into it again and again. Joe tees-off on Roman against the barricade, then puts him in the ring. Joe beats Roman down and headbutts him back out of the ring. Joe puts him back in the ring but Roman hits him with a Superman punch. Joe can’t get back in the ring, so grabs a microphone and says the people want to see this tonight, but he’s not giving them a damn thing. Roman apologises to the fans and says not all Samoan’s are cowards. Joe says he can have the match, and it will happen after the break!
The bell rings and the two Samoans meet in the middle of the ring, throwing hands. Roman beats Joe into the corner, then runs for a shoulder but hits the ring post. Joe systematically attacks Roman in the corner, then takes him down and attacks the injured left arm. Joe hits a snapmare and applies a neck vice.
Reigns fights to his feet and hits the ropes, but Joe takes him down with a back elbow for a two count. Joe knocks Reigns out of the ring and follows up with a big suicide dive. Joe gets Reigns back in the ring and punches him down. Joe knocks him out of the ring again and goes for a suicide dive but Roman moves and Joe lands on his feet on the outside, then Reigns hits him with a Drive-By Dropkick.
Reigns gets him in the ring and hits ten lariats in the corner. Reigns then connects with a big boot. Reigns looks for a Superman Punch, but Joe counters into an inverted atomic drop. Joe follows up with a big boot and a senton splash for a near fall. Joe goes for a Coquina Clutch, but Reigns charges the ropes to get Joe off and he falls out of the ring. Joe gets back in the ring, and Reigns hits him with a Spear for the win.
Later tonight, AJ Styles Vs. Seth Rollins. The Miz makes his way to the ring for an episode of Miz TV.
The Miz is in the ring and he introduces himself and the show before promoting Miz and Mrs. Miz introduces Rollins, who makes his way to the ring as we see replays of his battle royale win last week. Miz says Rollins has had a crazy few weeks, so let’s take a look at how he got here. We see a video package of Extreme Rules, where Rollins lost the Universal Championship, then Raw, where he became number one contender.
Rollins mocks Paul Heyman’s introduction of Brock Lesnar, then says he gets why people fear Brock. He’s got that red head, those beady little eyes, those little teeth, “he’s a big Godzilla-looking bastard”. He says Brock is huge, fast, and strong, “who wouldn’t want to be Brock Lesnar?” He then says he wouldn’t, because the truth is, Brock Lesnar wants to be Seth Rollins. Heyman appears on the Titantron and he says his name is “Seth Rollins’ dose of reality”. He asks if Seth really thinks that Brock looks in the mirror and wishes he was Seth Rollins? Heyman says just because Brock Lesnar did what Rollins did…
Seth cuts Heyman off and says that it took Lesnar four years to return the favour because he’s a Seth Rollins wannabe. Heyman starts to talk but Rollins cuts him off and says this is it, this is the last time they’re going to do this dance because if Heyman doesn’t get out of here he’s going to stomp his head into the ground. Heyman begins talking, so Seth starts counting down and Heyman runs to the back. Rollins then says that Heyman has been billing Lesnar as a conqueror for years but the truth is he’s just a man. A man that he’s going to beat at SummerSlam. However tonight he takes on AJ Styles to help prepare for Brock, and tonight he burns it down.
We go backstage to the party area with Charly Caruso. Sami Zayn is there and he berates Caruso for doing taking up TV time. He says the Raw Reunion is like watching the Attitude Era through the FaceApp. Rey Mysterio walks-up and says that Sami needs to show some respect for those who paved the way. Sami says he doesn’t respect any of these people and that he will pave a path right through Mysterio. Kurt Angle appears and says that, when he was General Manager of Monday Night Raw, people settled things in the ring, to which Mysterio agrees and walks off.
Carmella is backstage celebrating her new title with Candace Michelle, Naomi, and Melina. Melina says she’s taken the past few years to get her licence. Kelly Kelly asks “what licence?”, so Melina unzips her jacket to show off a referee shirt. Candace then kicks Kelly Kelly and pins her. Candace Michelle is the 24/7 Champion. Michelle does an awkward, silent dance with the title belt but suddenly she’s grabbed from behind by Alundra Blayze, who chokes her and she taps! Alundra Blayze is the 24/7 Champion. Blayze says that she won’t be Champion for very long, then walks off as Melina and Naomi check on Candace Michelle.
Coach has joined the commentary team as Rey and Zayn lock-up. Zayn punches Rey around the ring and flips him over the ropes onto the apron, but Rey responds with an enziguiri. Rey takes to the top rope but Zayn gets him in the tree of woe and kicks him. Zayn delivers a dropkick for a two count.
Zayn drops Mysterio with a right hand before applying a sleeper. Rey fights up and looks for a hurricanrana but Sami reverses into a powerbomb for a two count. Zayn lifts Rey onto his shoulder but Mysterious hits a tilt-a-whirl DDT for a two count. Rey ducks Sami before knocking him onto the ropes, then looks for the 619 but Zayn rolls from the ring.
Zayn decides not to get back in the ring and starts to walk off but Rob Van Dam’s music hits and out he comes onto the stage. Sgt. Slaughter comes out next and joins RVD on the stage, followed by The Hurricane and Kurt Angle. The four legends walk towards Zayn, forcing him to get back into the ring, where Rey hits him with the 619. Mysterio pays tribute to RVD before hitting a frog splash for the win!
We see a limousine arriving backstage and out steps the Nature Boy, Ric Flair!
Montez Ford is backstage singing and looking for Angelo Dawkins, whom he finds putting eye drops in. Ford asks what he’s doing and he says he was chilling with RVD, implying he was taking drugs. He says he was at a party with Ric Flair, Kelly Kelly, Mark Henry, The Boogeyman and more, so Ford gets jealous. Dawkins gets a phone call from The Godfather and blows Dawkins off.
Alundra Blayze, the current 24/7 Champion, comes out and walks over to the announce table. She says she told everyone she wouldn’t be the Champion for very long, then lifts the trash can and threatens to throw the title in. However The Million Dollar Man, Ted Dibiase interrupts before she can toss it. He tells her that he’ll buy that title before she tosses it away. He reaches in his pocket and pulls out a stack of bills and she takes it before handing him the belt. Dibiase then laughs manically. Ted Dibiase is the WWE 24/7 Champion.
After the break, AJ Styles takes on Seth Rollins.
United States Champion AJ Styles, along with Anderson and Gallows make their way to the ring as Jerry Lawler joins the commentary team.
The bell rings and Styles and Rollins lock-up in the centre of the ring. Seth takes a headlock, AJ shoots him off, but eats a shoulder tackle. Styles re-groups with Anderson and Gallows.
Seth and AJ trade chops, then punches, and it’s Rollins who comes out out on top before hittitng a running forearm in the corner. Styles drops Rollins on the apron, but Rollins snaps him off the top rope. Karl Anderson distracts Rollins on the apron, allowing Styles to knock Rollins to the floor.
Anderson, Gallows, and Styles surround Rollins on the ramp but D-Generation X’s music hits! Triple H and Shawn Michaels join Rollins at ringside, where they will be in his corner for the rest of the match.
We come back from the break to see Rollins and Styles punching each other in the middle of the ring. Seth gets the better of him and takes to the top rope but Styles snaps him off.
Rollins fires back with a Sling Blade, followed by a blockbuster before connecting with a springboard knee. Rollins then superkicks the US Champion. Rollins kicks Styles and hits the ropes for The Stomp, but The OC sweeps his feet. They slide in the ring and begin attacking him.
DX join the ring to help Rollins to his feet. They share a staredown with Anderson and Gallows. Styles tries to calm everything down and say D-X are one of them. The OC hold the Too Sweet in the air and Michael and HHH are about to join in when they do the suck it. All six men begin throwing down and DX clear the ring. The OC grab steel chairs and surround the ring but then Road Dogg, X-Pac, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall make their way down to the ring! Road Dogg introduces them all and says that, with the spirit of Chyna and Billy Gunn, there’s eight of them and only three members of The OC. He says they are the OG and tells them to get to stepping. AJ and his boys leave the ring but stick around talking trash. Road Dogg hands Seth Rollins the microphone and tells him to do the honours, so Seth tells The OC that, if they’re not down with that, “we got two words for ya”, and the crowd yell “suck it!”
Still to come, Ric Flair and Steve Austin, as well as A Moment of Bliss. We see Mark Henry talking with Mick Foley backstage, the hardcore legend will be live next!
We return to see Ted DiBiase walking around backstage with the 24/7 Championship. He gets in a limousine, then we hear lots of noises inside and a three count. Maverick emerges with the title, meaning Drake Maverick is the new 24/7 Champion. His wife, Renee Michelle, walks up and Maverick says they can finally consummate the marriage. He’s starts thrusting the air but is chased away by various superstars.
Mick Foley is in the ring and he says there is no place he’d rather be than right here in Tampa, Florida. He says he was here two months ago, introducing the 24/7 Championship, at which point Maverick and a fleet of Superstars run into the ring and up the ramp to the back. Foley watches on and says he will have his hands on that title at some point. He says some of the best moments of his life were in this ring and he’s been asked to share some of them with us. He points to the screen and we see him winning the WWE Championship in 1998. The video dies and the lights go out in the arena, then we see Bray Wyatt, The Fiend in the ring with Mick Foley! The Fiend grabs Foley with the Mandible Claw and takes him down. The Fiend then poses until the lights go out and we hear Bray laughing.
We’re back live and it’s time for A Moment of Bliss. Alexa and Nikki Cross come out and sit on the stage. Bliss says that, after what happened with Mick Foley, we’re all in need of A Moment of Bliss. Her and Cross then introduce the Raw Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch.
Lynch comes out and sits down. Bliss starts to talk but Natalya interrupts and walks onto the stage. Bliss asks her what she’s doing, to which Nattie says Becky can talk to her face-to-face. Bliss says there’s so much tension because of what happened after Natalya won the Fatal 4-Way last week, then shows a clip of Becky disrespecting her.
Bliss says Natalya let Becky get under her skin. Natalya says she met Nattie 14 years ago and they fought together in Japan, but Lynch has shown her no respect. Lynch says she did that because Nattie has tried to cut her legs out from under her since she got here. She then says Natalya offered to train Ronda Rousey before their WrestleMania match but it didn’t matter because she got that title from her “little MMA pal”. So she’s going to embarrass her in her home country. Natalya says she’s going to embarrass Becky and then hits her and they fight until officials pull them apart.
We see Charly Caruso and Natalya backstage. Natalya says Becky made this personal. She says Becky thinks she made this women’s revolution but it was built on the backs of women like her. So at SummerSlam she gives her the beating of a lifetime.
Drake Maverick is walking backstage and he is about to get into a limousine with his wife when R-Truth rolls him up and wins it! R-Truth is the 24/7 Champion. Truth dives into the limo and it speeds off. Maverick begins yelling “my baby!” Carmella walks up and he thinks it’s his wife for a second, then he realises Truth has both his babies.
Braun Strowman makes his way to the ring for a match with a emo-jobber. Braun grabs a microphone and says “don’t blink”.
The bell rings and Strowman slams the guy in the corner before hitting two massive biels. Strowman hits a big boot that knocks Rowe inside out. Braun lifts him up and slams him down for the win.
We see replays of Braun’s ridiculous moves against his much smaller opponent.
Still to come, A Toast To Monday Night Raw, featuring Stone Cold, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, and Hulk Hogan.
Ric Flair makes his way out and all the legends come out onto the stage. Hulk Hogan comes out second and he stands on the stage. He says it’s really something to be here at the Raw Reunion with all his friends in his hometown of Tampa, Florida. He says some of his greatest memories are from Tampa and, for all his maniacs that sported the red and yellow, prayed, and ate their vitamins, and he wants to thank them. Flair and Hogan shake hands and his music plays again.
Stone Cold Steve Austin’s music hits and G.O.A.T makes his way down to the ring for the pop of the night. The Rattlesnake poses on the corners and grabs a few Broken Skull IPA’s and sinks them. Austin gets a “Hell Yeah”, then another, and a third. He says he remembers coming to Tampa when times were tough, being on the road with him and his brothers, but don’t think for a second that he’s out to get sappy. The fans chant “what?”, and Austin says he’d drop them all on their stack of dimes. He says all the people on that stage have damn near killed themselves and pissed themselves for the fans, every guy in the truck and more, they’re family. And that includes the fans and everyone watching at home, we’re all part of the WWE Family.
Austin points to Hulk Hogan on the stage and says he sat backstage talking to him earlier today, drinking some beers, and they recorded a podcast together. Austin says he never sat and talked to Hogan a day in his life, but he had a damn good time doing it. He then points at Ric Flair and says he sat listening to Flair’s stories all night long, drinking beers. Then he went to his room and ordered food, and he rhymes off the food while the fans chant “what?”. Austin says he went back downstairs and the elevator opened and there was Ron Simmons, and he beat him to the punch by saying “damn!” He said they hugged for thirty seconds and if you didn’t know them you’d think they had something going on. And then he gushes about how proud he is to call these people family and to be a part of the Raw Reunion. Austin says this has been a hell of a night and that’s the bottom line, cause Stone Cold said so.
Asutin invites everyone down to the ring as his music plays and he gives them all beer. They drink and hug while Austin’s music plays. He cuts the music off and asks how much time he has left. Austin then jokes about a time he and Gerald Briscoe were down in South Africa doing some illegal things. Austin finishes off by saying he wasn’t sure what he was going to say tonight but The Coach told him to be himself, so that’s what he did; he likes to drink beer and raise a little hell with his family. He gives one final Hell Yeah and that’s the show.
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