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After a look back at the close of last week’s show, Roman Reigns opened up Raw, calling out Jinder Mahal. Looking to deal with “unfinished business”, Roman Reigns was instead joined in the ring by Finn Balor.
Confronting Roman Reigns, Finn Balor questioned the loyalty of “The Big Dog”, after he abandoned him during last week’s Main Event. Having vowed to get his hands on Jinder Mahal, Reigns’ determination to be a man of his word cost the pair against Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Jinder Mahal would then interrupt, coming to the bottom of the ramp to tell Reigns to move on.
He then stated his intention to take a place in the Money In The Bank Ladder Match. Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens also made their way out, entering the ring to state their own intentions to have a “second chance” at Money In The Bank qualification.
With things becoming more and more unclear in the ring, Kurt Angle decided to solve the issues, making a “second chance” match between Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn for later in the night. Justifiably angry, Jinder Mahal was told that he would also be in action, up next against Finn Balor.
Struggling to keep up with the first ever “Universal Champion”, the former WWE Champion resorted to underhanded tactics from very early in the match. When these didn’t work, the aggressive Jinder Mahal was happy to get himself Disqualified, if it meant sending a message to Kurt Angle.
Finn Balor bt. Jinder Mahal via DQ
After the bell, the attack continued, with Jinder Mahal throwing Finn Balor into the Ring Post. The commentators noted that the assault was targeting the previously injured shoulder of Finn Balor, but Mahal refused to let up until Kurt Angle acknowledged him. To this end, the attack was successful, as Kurt Angle appeared to call for Mahal to stop.
Setting up Finn Balor for a Khallas onto the Steel Steps, Jinder Mahal demanded that he be added to the qualifying match in the Main Event. With little choice, Kurt Angle agreed to the request. Once Finn Balor was released from the hold, Kurt Angle added that should Jinder Mahal lose tonight, he will be barred from entering the building at Money In The Bank.
The next match of the evening saw Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel’s challenge to Bobby Roode accepted. Expecting to be facing Roode alone, Dallas & Axel were surprised to see their foe Seth Rollins by the side of “The Glorious One”.
Making jibes at Elias, who encouraged Dallas & Axel to make the challenge, Seth Rollins joked about him being the only guy he wants to hear from less than The Miz. When the match got underway, it was fairly academic for the two former NXT Champions, who made quick work of Dallas & Axel.
Making their way out to the ring next, The Riott Squad had their sights set on Money In The Bank Qualifications, citing their victory over Bayley, Ember Moon and Sasha Banks as the reason they each deserve a spot. However, when it came down to it, The Riott Squad were unable to use their numbers advantage effectively, and Bayley pinned Sarah Logan to earn her spot in the Money In The Bank Ladder Match.
Later in the evening, when Ruby Riott went one on one with Nia Jax, the Raw Women’s Champion would be the victim of The Riott Squad’s kickback, as they laid a three-on-one beatdown on the Champion.
Heading to the Locker Room after the attack, Nia Jax questioned the roster’s lack of response. While Sasha Banks told Nia Jax that she is big enough to fight her own battles, Ember Moon agreed with Nia Jax, saying that if they’re going to overcome The Riott Squad, they need to work together.
Elsewhere in the Women’s Division, Alexa Bliss and Mickie James looked to get under the skin of Ronda Rousey, calling her “Robotic” having earlier promised to show her what a “real Raw Superstar” looks like.
After allowing the jokes to go on for a few minutes, Ronda Rousey confronted Alexa Bliss and Mickie James, telling them that she doesn’t care about Alexa Bliss and Mickie James trying to make people laugh, saying that isn’t why she came to the WWE.
Quoting Kurt Angle, Ronda said that on Monday Night Raw “we get it done in the ring”, challenging Mickie James to face her at Money In The Bank. Flat out refusing, Mickie James rejected the challenge, and looked to get as far away from Ronda as she possibly could.
Coming back, the Raw Tag Team Champions were in action, handily defeating Slater & Rhyno. It was what happened after the bell which will have more people talking, as The Authors of Pain appeared to confront the Champions.
On commentary it was suggested that going for The DELETERS of World this early in their WWE Raw careers may be a bridge too far, and when Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt indicated a willingness to engage with Akam and Rezar, the two men showed - for the first time on Raw - signs of uncertainty. Eventually backing away, The Authors of Pain were annoyed to have been bested by the Raw Tag Team Champions.
Coming about due to an interview from Jinder Mahal earlier in the night, Sunil Singh may have learned a lesson before the match even began. Having found himself pumped up by his leader’s vow to win the Main Event, Sunil Singh promised to take out anybody who stands between Jinder Mahal and the Money In The Bank Briefcase. This couldn’t have been said at a worst time, as Braun Strowman was passing by. As a result of Jinder’s actions earlier, Kurt Angle was happy to make the match, which would see Sunil Singh completely annihilated by Braun Strowman.
Braun Strowman bt. Sunil Singh
Continuing after the match, Jinder Mahal did not repay Sunil’s devotion, being nowhere to be seen as Braun Strowman continued to destroy Singh. While Jinder Mahal looked only for self-preservation, the state of Sunil Singh firmly ruled him out of any involvement in the Main Event. This was confirmed later in the evening, as Jinder Mahal’s attempt to drag Sunil with him, resulted in Singh collapsing in the back.
Confronting Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler earlier in the night, Apollo Crews accused the two men of being behind the attacks on his Titus Worldwide teammates last week. Straight up admitting to the attack, Drew McIntyre was all too happy to go one on one with Apollo Crews. Backing up his confidence, McIntyre left Apollo Crews down in the ring once again, something that no doubt pleased an observing Baron Corbin.
As well as the Main Event, another Money In The Back Qualifier took place on the show, with Bobby Lashley going one on one with Elias.
Looking to cheat while using his Guitar, Elias found that his plan backfired, as he lost to Bobby Lashley. Before the match, footage was shown from the Raw After WrestleMania, where Bobby Lashley returned to take out Elias.
With all of the Superstars, Jinder Mahal aside, competing in their “second chance” matches, it was made clear that there will be no more opportunities for the men who are unsuccessful in the contest. Such was the desperation for one of them to get a spot in the match, earlier in the night, Sami Zayn told his partner that he has willing to do anything - including lay down for Kevin Owens - to ensure they become the first joint Mr. Money In The Bank, and take the Universal Championship. At no point in the match did it come to this, and the ending was far from one man laying down for another. In fact, the finish of the match came when Roman Reigns was brawling with Kevin Owens. Spotting Jinder Mahal out of the corner of his eye, Reigns - who was stood on the apron - jumped down on Mahal, taking him out with a Flying Clothesline. Distracted, Kevin Owens would watch on happily, as Roman Reigns hit Mahal with a Superman Punch, followed by a Spear which put both men through the guardrail. Landing badly, both men involved in the Spear appeared to be seriously hurt, with even Kevin Owens, who had previously been happy to watch them destroy each other, shocked by the impact of the move.
Having been taken out earlier, hit with a Khallas on the ramp by Jinder Mahal, Sami Zayn would shock the commentators, as he reemerged in the ring behind Kevin Owens. Previously watching with his arms rested on the ropes, Kevin Owens did not have time to plan his next move, as he turned back towards the ring, and straight into an opportunistic Helluva Kick from Sami Zayn. Putting Owens down in the middle of the ring, Sami Zayn will steal a victory, and a place in the Money In The Bank Ladder Match.
Sami Zayn bt. Kevin Owens, Jinder Mahal & Roman Reigns
Done what they had set out to do, Sami Zayn celebrate his victory, as the three other competitors laid out around the ringside area. Unaware of what had happened, Kevin Owens eventually realised that the man smiling in front of him is the same man who just hit him with a Helluva Kick. Sami Zayn looked to celebrate with his best friend, saying “we did it!” and seemed confused when Kevin Owens didn’t share his enthusiasm for the result. Returning to his feet, Kevin Owens held his jaw, clearly still processing the Main Event. Sami Zayn pointed to the Briefcase hanging high above the ring, shouting “Kevin… we’re going to Money In The Bank!”. However, only one of them will compete in the Ladder Match, with Kevin Owens eventually deciding to leave the ring, rather than risk acting in a way which could further compromise his friendship with Sami Zayn.
Raw went off the air with Sami Zayn looking towards the departing Kevin Owens, unsure what his problem is, before the cameras panned to the pile of rubble at ringside. Now surrounded by a large medical team, Jinder Mahal and Roman Reigns were checked on, with the commentators confirming that both men were to be taken to a local medical facility for further assessment.
Finn Balor bt. Jinder Mahal (DQ)
Bobby Roode & Seth Rollins bt. Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel
Bayley bt. Sarah Logan [MITB Qualifier]
The Deleters of Worlds bt. Slater & Rhyno
Braun Strowman bt. Sunil Singh
Bobby Lashley bt. Elias [MITB Qualifier]
Nia Jax bt. Ruby Riott
Drew McIntyre bt. Apollo Crews
Sami Zayn bt. Jinder Mahal, Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns [MITB Qualifier]