From The O2 Arena, London, UK!
Finn Balor opened Raw, cutting a promo about his victory last week. Bemoaning the fact that all the talk has been about Roman Reigns and Jinder Mahal this week, Balor said that he came out to remind everybody that he was the one who qualified for the Money In The Bank.
Cutting him off, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn told Finn that they had a way for Finn Balor to grab the headlines, suggesting that he put his place in the match up against one of them tonight. While Finn Balor would refuse this suggestion, he would be put into a match with the pair, as Kurt Angle announced that Finn Balor would team with Roman Reigns, against Owens & Zayn.
Discussing the match in the back, Roman Reigns told his partner that everybody would be talking about him again by the end of the show, especially if he sees Jinder Mahal. Vowing to get his revenge the second he saw Jinder, Roman Reigns had to be reminded of to focus on the Main Event by his partner Finn Balor
This was followed by an appearance from Elias, who was interrupted by Bobby Roode as he looked to rile the London crowd. “The Glorious One” would challenge Elias to a match, only to be turned down by “The Drifter”. Elias reminded Roode isn’t Kurt Angle, so he doesn’t make the matches around here. He did however note that if Bobby Roode was Kurt Angle, then he’d beat him to - just like he did when he threw the GM out of the “Greatest Royal Rumble”. Later in the night, Elias would be approached by two of his “fans” Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel. Looking for a new leader, the two men offered their services to Elias, who asked them to take care of his “Roode problem”. They did this, issuing a challenge to Bobby Roode for next week.
The Riott Squad bt. Bayley, Ember Moon & Sasha Banks
Winning the match, after a miscommunication between Bayley and Sasha Banks, The Riott Squad celebrated their victory up the ramp. This would allow Bayley and Sasha Banks to once again bicker in the ring. On commentary, the Raw announce team would speak of their exasperation with this long-running rivalry, a sentiment shared by Ember Moon (and much of the WWE Universe). Coming between the two women, Ember Moon would slap both Bayley and Sasha Banks, telling them to cut it out. As the two women looked to justify themselves to Ember, the Raw newcomer spoke for everyone as she told them “nobody cares!”
Bobby Lashley would then make an appearance on Raw, with talk surrounding his interview with Renee Young. The commentators shared some of the reactions to the interview, calling it “bizarre” and “unsettling”.
Cutting a promo before a match with Scott Dawson, Lashley justified the interview by saying that he just wants to connect with the fans. Bobby would add that what the people saw last week was the real Bobby Lashley, and whether they like it or not - he’s going to keep it real.
During his match with Scott Dawson, Bobby Lashley would dominate, with the finishing coming as Dash Wilder intervened. Causing a DQ, The Revival’s attack of Bobby Lashley was short, as Braun Strowman emerged to make the save.
Returning to the second hour of Raw, Braun Strowman approached Raw General Manager Kurt Angle, demanding a match against The Revival (with his partner Bobby Lashley) later tonight. Kurt told Strowman that his card was full, but Strowman assured him “this won’t take long…”
Later in the evening, Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley made quick work of The Revival, with Lashley hitting a Delayed Vertical Suplex for the win.
Before that, Seth Rollins once again issued his Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge, calling anybody in the back to face him. Looking for a second crack of the whip, Mojo Rawley came out to the top of the ramp, but was stopped by Zack Ryder. Having taken his opportunity away from him last week, Ryder wanted to take the match this time. As the two men bickered on the ramp, a third man emerged, barging past both men and into the ring. That man was the United Kingdom Champion, Pete Dunne!
[Intercontinental Championship Match]
Putting on a “show stealing” performance, this match went over 15 minutes with Pete Dunne matching Seth Rollins every step of the way. Scoring a number of nearfalls, designed to excite Dunne’s compatriots, the UK Champion almost came away as the new Intercontinental Champion, but was ultimately defeated by “the hottest name on Raw today”. During the match, it was noted that in the last 4 weeks, Seth Rollins has defended the Intercontinental Championship in 8 nations, spanning 4 continents.
Seth Rollins (c) bt. Pete Dunne to retain the Intercontinental Championship
After the match, Seth Rollins offered Pete Dunne a handshake, only to have the United Kingdom Championship raise up high in hi*s face. Acknowledging the arrogance of Pete Dunne with a smirk, Seth Rollins celebrated his win in the middle of the ring.
Throughout the night, there were several incidents which would have an effect on the Main Event, the first of which came in the next match. Having defeated Goldust in a fairly one-sided affair, Jinder Mahal’s chickens came home to roost, as Roman Reigns backed up his promise to get his hands on “The Modern Day Maharaja” the next time he saw him.
While Reigns was able to get some offence in on Jinder Mahal, Sunil Singh sacrificed himself for his leader. This allowed Jinder to escape. Later in the evening, Jinder Mahal was seen leaving the medical room, only to be spotted by Roman Reigns. Now on his own, Jinder Mahal was forced to flee to the parking lot, as Roman Reigns pursued him.
The other competitors in the Main Event were also busy, as Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn looked to convince Finn Balor that Roman Reigns could not be trust. While Finn wouldn’t defend his partner, he did make it clear that he wasn’t interested in forming any kind of alliance with the two men he would go on to face in the Main Event.
Money in The Bank Qualification was also on the agenda for Mickie James and Natalya, and Ronda Rousey joined her friend in ensuring a fair match. While both Ronda Rousey and Alexa Bliss were seen at ringside initially, Ronda Rousey made the suggestion that both women leave the competitors to it. Confident, Mickie James agreed to the suggestion, only to call for Alexa’s help later on. However, Alexa was nowhere to be seen, and Mickie James would tap out to Natalya. The commentators would later explain that Alexa Bliss did try and get involved in the match, but was stopped at the curtain by Ronda Rousey.
Footage of the two women in the back was shown, with Ronda Rousey standing with her arms folded. This ensured that Natalya was able to defeat Mickie James, taking her place in the Money In The Bank Ladder Match.
Elsewhere, The DELETERS of Worlds spoke about the Tag Team Division, as it appeared a new rivalry began to brew. Seen in a “selfie style” promo from Titus O’Neil, Titus Worldwide’s party was crashed by Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler. Later in the night, ahead of Baron Corbin’s match with Apollo Crews, the Titus Worldwide member was forced to come to the ring alone, having been preparing for his match alone at the time of the attack, With Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler as prime suspects, Apollo Crews will have to pick himself up from his defeat to BAron Corbin, as he no doubt looks for revenge on the duo.
Looking like a fairly even contest throughout the match, the Main Event would have many threads throughout by the time the opening bell sounded. Making a last ditch attempt to convince Finn, Owens & Zayn once again called Roman Reigns a bad partner. While during the match Finn Balor and Roman Reigns worked well together, it was an incident that resulted in the finish of the match which will be the major talking point of this week’s show. Having previously been believed to have left the building, Jinder Mahal returned to the top of the ramp, distracting Roman Reigns.
Even though his partner wasn’t yet in a dire position, Roman Reigns’ next actions were correctly questioned on commentary. Abandoning Finn Balor completely, the rage-blind Roman Reigns ran up the ramp, chasing Jinder Mahal once more. Running away, Roman Reigns left Finn Balor all alone to face Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Up against two of Raw’s top stars, Finn Balor stood no chance, and was defeated by Kevin Owens following a Pop-Up Powerbomb, which had been preceded by a Helluva Kick.
Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn bt. Finn Balor & Roman Reigns
Not content with their victory, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn couldn’t help but tell Finn “we told you so”, after the bell. In their defence, Roman Reigns was nowhere to be seen, as Finn Balor came round following the two-on-one handicap that the Main Event came. Clearly frustrated that the rivalry between Jinder Mahal and Roman Reigns had cost him, a dejected Finn Balor sat in the middle of the ring as Raw went off the air.