Into The Shark Tank [WWE RAW]
[Start Date: 14/05/18]Shows: #1303: The 02 Arena - #1304: Times Union Center - #1305: Richmond Coliseum - #1306: Toyota Center - #1307: Verizon Arena - Money In The Bank - #1308: Van Andel Arena! - #1309: Valley View Casino Center
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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.
From The O2 Arena, London, UK!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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Live from Times Union Center, Albany, New York!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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Live from Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia!
Looking for revenge at the top of the show, Roman Reigns called out Jinder Mahal, unhappy that going through the guardrail cut him short last week.
Making quick work of Jinder Mahal’s sidekick, Roman Reigns discarded Singh from the ring. He then stated his belief that Mahal was indeed in the building, and promised to search every inch of the Richmond Coliseum to find him. Later in the night, Roman Reigns was confronted by Finn Balor, who told him that he had a match with Jinder Mahal, and asked “The Big Dog” to keep out of his business.
Prior to Roman Reigns’ entrance of Raw, a cold opening saw Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in the Locker Room. Appearing to have been at each other’s throats, Zayn tried to calm his partner down, saying that if he could, he would give Owens his shot in the Money In The Bank.
Having targeted Titus Worldwide as a prime example of what they feel is wrong with the WWE, Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler cut a promo on the group, highlighting these feelings before they defeated the team of No Way Jose & Titus O’Neil. After the match, when Apollo Crews checked on his partners, Drew and Dolph asked him what he is doing with Titus Worldwide. Before Crews could react, Dana Brooke pulled him away from the situation, not fancying Crews’ chances against the ruthless duo.
Later in the night, when speaking out against the attack, Apollo Crews was attacked by Baron Corbin. Seemingly shocked into silence, Dana Brooke did nothing, as “The Lone Wolf” took Apollo Crews out. Reacting to this later, Chad Gable talked to Kurt Angle about the chaos that has descended over Raw, requesting a match with Corbin next week.
Closing the first hour of Raw, Elias went one on one with Bobby Roode, in the deciding match in their series. Elias would win the match in a decisive manner, leaving a disappointed Roode to reflect on his defeat.
Leaving the ring, Elias was questioned on his victory, telling Renee Young that “The Drifter’s work is never done...” What Elias meant by this would become clearer, later in the night.
Returning to the show, Kurt Angle was approached in his office by Alexa Bliss. She complained about her match later in the night, due to two of the competitors in it being on their second chances to enter the Money In The Bank. Kurt Angle offered Alexa the option to pull out of the match, and instead face Ronda Rousey at Money In The Bank. This technique successfully shot Alexa down, and she would go on to defeat Sasha Banks and Ruby Riott later in the night, earning her opportunity to win the Money In The Bank.
Another match which took place between the Female Superstars of Raw saw Nia Jax get her first measure of revenge against The Riott Squad. Having confronted her fellow Raw Superstars last week, Nia Jax was joined at ringside by Ember Moon, and went on to defeat Sarah Logan.
Making an appearance to issue another Open Challenge, Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins spoke about the month that he has had.
Having defended his Championship all over the world, Seth Rollins said that he has truly put the Intercontinental back into the Championship. He then quipped that maybe that’s where Brock Lesnar has been, defending his Championship throughout the Universe. Officially issuing the challenge, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel both appeared ready to face the Intercontinental Champion.
Grabbing the Champion from behind, Elias smashed a Guitar over Seth Rollins’ head, taking him out completely. Elias then stood over the Intercontinental Champion, with some suggestion that he may be interested in Seth Rollins’ title.
Another story developing on the show was a new case for “Breezango”. Opening up the fashion files once more, the Raw newcomers were investigating the case of the Authors of Pain. Throughout extensive research (Fandango searching Amazon), it came to their attention that The “Authors” of Pain had not written a single book. Vowing to crack the case, Breezango were joined in their “crime lab” by The DELETERS of Worlds.
Coming back for the final hour of Raw, Roman Reigns was confronted by Kurt Angle, who accused him of being just as bad as Jinder and calling him “out of control”.
Roman Reigns bt. Sunil Singh
Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre bt. No Way Jose & Titus O'Neil
Elias bt. Bobby Roode
Nia Jax bt. Sarah Logan
Authors of Pain bt. Breezango
Jinder Mahal bt. Finn Balor
Alexa Bliss bt. Ruby Riott and Sasha Banks [MITB Qualifier]
Bobby Lashley bt. Sami Zayn
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Live from Toyota Center, Houston, Texas!
The opening of Raw saw Seth Rollins make his way to the ring, calling out Elias for the attack on him last week. Instead of being joined by “The Drifter”, Seth Rollins was confronted by Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel - who appear to be doing the bidding of Elias.
Seth Rollins was able to defeat the pair, albeit by DQ when Elias jumped the rallying Intercontinental Champion.
Bringing his guitar into the ring, Elias played over the downed Seth Rollins, making it clear that he is interested in the Intercontinental Championship.
Having challenged Baron Corbin to a match this week, Chad Gable looked to take the fight to “The Lone Wolf”. While he was fired up, looking to bring Corbin to justice for his recent behaviour, Gable was unable to defeat Corbin. The finish came from nowhere, as Baron Corbin reversed an athletic move from Gable to hit the End of Days.
Before that, seemingly having had a change of heart, Sasha Banks approached Nia Jax, offering her help against The Riott Squad tonight. Nia Jax was forced to decline the offer, having already agreed to team with Bayley and Ember Moon. The decision paid dividends, as Bayley, Ember Moon and Nia Jax defeated The Riott Squad.
Elsewhere, Breezango brought their best men into the “Authors of What?” case, informing The Ascension that they didn’t have “go by the book” in their investigation of The Authors of Pain tonight. Looking to beat answers out of The A.O.P, The Ascension didn’t get very far, as they were destroyed by The Authors of Pain.
Scoring an impressive victory over Dana Brooke, it soon became clear that Mickie James still had reservation about facing Ronda Rousey, as she was ran off by the woman who has challenged her for Money In The Bank. Despite an arrogant promo before the match, where she had mocked Rousey, Alexa Bliss also wanted no part of the former MMA Champion.
Instead, Ronda Rousey would address the audience, with footage showing her recent issues with Alexa Bliss and Mickie James. Rousey said that the two women have vowed to show her what a “Real Raw Superstar” looks like, but all she had seen is a pair of cowards. Rousey would then announce that at Money In The Bank, she will share the ring with Mickie James, vowing to “humble” the veteran and prove that she does belong on the Raw roster.
Continuing the issues of recent weeks, Finn Balor spoke to Kurt Angle early in the evening, sharing his feelings about Roman Reigns’ recent actions.
And that wasn’t the end of the issues between Roman Reigns and Finn Balor on the evening, as Balor declared that he was tired of being overlooked in favour of Roman Reigns. This led to a backstage confrontation later in the evening, that saw Finn Balor and Roman Reigns almost come to blows.
Returning to in-ring action, it was time for another match, this time between Bobby Roode and Mojo Rawley. Before the match, as Bobby Roode tried to get something off his chest (in regards to his defeat to Elias last week), he was cut off by a hyped up Mojo Rawley, who told Roode he was “killing the crowd” and boring him to tears. This riled Roode up, and may have been the decisive factor in Mojo losing the match between the two.
Reacting to the words of Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre earlier in the evening, Titus Worldwide spoke backstage about “getting serious”. Titus O’Neil said that if those two think that Apollo Crews is too good for Titus Worldwide, then how about they prove them wrong. Titus then challenged Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre to team with Baron Corbin, to go up against the team of Apollo Crews, No Way Jose and Titus O’Neil at Money In The Bank. Later in the night, when Titus O’Neil and No Way Jose were defeated by The Revival, Apollo Crews struggled to mask his disappointment, as Titus Worldwide suffered yet another loss.
Hyped throughout the night, the scheduled Main Event of Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens - in a No Disqualifications match - was given a last minute change. Having gone back on his promise last week, where he told Kevin Owens he would happily hand over his spot in the Money In The Bank ladder match, Sami Zayn was made to pay for his actions.
Seth Rollins bt. Dallas & Axel (DQ)
Baron Corbin bt. Chad Gable
Bayley, Ember Moon & Nia Jax bt. The Riott Squad
The Ascension bt. The Authors of Pain
Mickie James bt. Dana Brooke
Finn Balor & Roman Reigns bt. Curt Hawkins & Jinder Mahal
Bobby Roode bt. Mojo Rawley
The Revival bt. Apollo Crews & Titus O’Neil
Braun Strowman bt. Sami Zayn [No Disqualifications]
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This looks great so far brother. How are you going to do this long term, with Smackdown! Live running alongside it? I mean, when you do the next 'Superstar Shake Up', who will come across?! Will it be as exciting if Smackdown doesn't happen?
Also, co-branded events like the Royal Rumble for instance? How will you do that?! Will the rumble match have JUST Raw guys in it?!
When someone moves to Raw from Smackdown, NXT or elsewhere, I will look to do a write up, and hopefully that will bring people up to speed on the new faces, without being completely out of the picture of what they've been up to since the start of the game.
I like these types of graphics, minimal but effective in scrolling through the story... but one minor nitpick (since it involves my personal favorite guy)... your Drew McIntyre graphic is accidentally spelled "McIntrye"
Live from Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Arkansas!
Going into the show, all the talk throughout the week had been about the huge Main Event between Finn Balor and Roman Reigns, just 6 days before Money In The Bank.
Coming down to the ring, Kurt Angle would continue to talk about Balor / Reigns tonight, informing Jinder Mahal that he would be barred from ringside for that match tonight. Angered by this, Jinder Mahal would make his way to the ring.
Switching gears quite dramatically, The Deleters of Worlds cut a promo on Breezango, talking about the current “Fashion Files” case and their attempts to help the investigation. This was followed by a “Previously on The Fashion Files” package, where viewers were reminded of the current case.
While Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt defeated Breezango, both teams were met with the threat of The Authors of Pain after the bell.
Sasha Banks would then take on the challenge of Ruby Riott and The Riott Squad, having been left out of Nia’s charge against them last week.
Opening the second hour of the show with a Seth Rollins based performance, Elias was cut off by the furious Intercontinental Champion, who ran “The Drifter” out of the ring. Running down Elias’ time wasting, ear bleeding performances, Seth Rollins said that the people were here for action, and as Intercontinental Champion he can give them that. Rollins then issued an Open Challenge, which was accepted by Bobby Roode.
Back in the ring, Sami Zayn talked about his involvement in the Money In The Bank, as well as Kevin Owens’ actions last week. Calling his best friend out, Zayn wanted to clear the air between the two men in a public forum.
Bobby Lashley told the two that their little argument could wait until after Money In The Bank, because whether it was Owens, Zayn or both of them, there is no chance that they win the match this Sunday. Sami Zayn would fire back, but Lashley would make it clear that he is gunning for the Briefcase and there was nothing KO & Sami could do about it. Owens said that while that might be true, there is something they can do right now. This led to a two-on-one attack, with the pair looking to take Sami’s opponent out quickly. As the attack went on, Braun Strowman made another appearance.
Storming down to the ring, Braun Strowman was quickly able to pick the two men off, removing them from the ring with ease. Strowman would then help Bobby Lashley to his feet, with the commentators putting over that all month it has come down to the two of them standing face to face, making it clear that the two biggest competitors in the match were also the favourites for victory.
Just 6 days before Money In The Bank, Titus O’Neil faced Dolph Ziggler, ahead of Titus Worldwide’s six man tag team match at the Pay-Per-View. Throughout the night, there was no sighting of Apollo Crews or Dana Brooke, leading to concern from No Way Jose and Titus O’Neil. This would affect Titus during his match, and he would go down to Dolph Ziggler. After the match, Baron Corbin came down to the ring, joining Drew Galloway and Dolph Ziggler in attacking the two remaining members of Titus Worldwide.
At the top of the final hour, Nia Jax would make her way to the ring, with the Female “Money In The Bank” Briefcase hanging above the ring. One by one, the competitors in the Money In The Bank made their entrances, joining the woman who’s title they wish to take.
Unsurprisingly, the women parted, leaving Ronda Rousey to go face to face with Mickie James. Calling the two women cowards, Rousey told Mickie that she isn’t going to do anything to her right now, because she doesn’t need to. Instead, the WWE Universe will get to see her get physical with Mickie James - this Sunday at Money In The Bank. Leaving the ring as she came, Ronda Rousey had made her message to Mickie loud and clear.
Alexa & Mickie would then have to switch their focus to a match with Bayley & Ember Moon, a Tag Team match which they would win by questionable tactics. Celebrating arrogantly in the ring, Alexa Bliss & Mickie James wrongly believed they were out of the firing line. Returning to the ring, Ronda Rousey made a beeline for Mickie James. Alexa Bliss spotted this, and got out of the way, leaving Mickie James to be put in the Armbar by Ronda Rousey. While Rousey had Mickie James exactly where she wanted her, she stopped short of breaking the arm, telling her rival that she will finish the job at Money In The Bank.
The Revival then scored another victory, as they continue to rebuild momentum in the Tag Team Division. Scoring a victory over The Ascension, Dash & Dawson ran down the teams who are trying to “turn this division into a joke”, saying that they’re gunning for the Raw Tag Team Championships!
This Month on…
The main focus on Smackdown Live this month has been with qualification to the Money In The Bank ladder match. One man who would not be in this match was Daniel Bryan, who continued to focus on Big Cass throughout the month, having lost out to Rusev. He also chased The Miz, and finally got the opportunity to face his long-term rival, albeit in Tag Team action.
Later in the month, Daniel Bryan defeated Big Cass once again, before Sheamus & Cesaro provoked his attention. This came after Daniel Bryan turned down a place in a Battle Royal, made by Paige to replace the already qualified, but now injured, Randy Orton. This move allowed Cass to take the 10th position, but as Daniel Bryan watched on, it was Cesaro who secured a shot at the Briefcase. Appearing on Miz TV, the host of the show coaxed The Bar into mocking Daniel Bryan, with “The Celtic Warrior” referencing the 18 second victory he scored over Bryan several years ago at WrestleMania. Challenging Sheamus to put his money where his mouth is, Bryan’s proposal was supported by Paige, and the two went one on one. Scoring the victory with a Running Knee Strike, after a missed Brogue Kick by Sheamus, Daniel Bryan was able to defeat his opponent in less than 18 seconds!
Reiterating his desire to become the WWE Champion “the right way”, Daniel Bryan’s decision to decline a spot in the Money In The Bank has left him free to face Sheamus - in a rematch - at Sunday’s show.
Another competitor who has made forward steps this month has been Samoa Joe, as he secured his place in the Money In The Bank by defeating Kofi Kingston. After the match, as the other members of The New Day checked on Kingston, the lights went out. This led to the debut of the group known as Sanity, led by Eric Young. Taking out The New Day, Sanity ensured that both Big E and Xavier Woods were unable to appear on the following week’s Smackdown Live. This allowed Eric Young to use the numbers game to his advantage, scoring a singles victory against Kofi in his Smackdown debut.
Also making their debuts this month, Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega did little endear themselves to the fans.
Andrade “Cien” Almas would be more successful in the following weeks, as he defeated two “local talents”. This after claiming he only wanted to mix it up with the show’s top stars.
Speaking of top talent, the rivalry for the Women’s Money In The Bank match saw Asuka qualify for the match, as well as Becky Lynch, Billy Kay and Charlotte.
Throughout all of this action, the show has of course been built around the continuation of AJ Styles’ rivalry with Shinsuke Nakamura.
AJ Styles would then be sidetracked slightly, as Tye Dillinger looked to verify claims from R-Truth that he was a former World Champion, who helped bring AJ Styles through. Putting it down to R-Truth being R-Truth, Tye would be surprised to hear that R-Truth did in fact work with AJ Styles early in his career, and was a World Heavyweight Champion. AJ Styles would then go one on one with R-Truth, with the WWE Champion scoring a clear victory. Shinsuke Nakamura would then face R-Truth, having been confronted by the veteran, brutally beating him down. When Tye Dillinger tried to come between them, the vicious Nakamura also made quick work of him. Eventually, AJ Styles made the save, running Shinsuke Nakamura out of the ring.
Before this, AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura had signed a contract, stating that if the challenger does not win the WWE Championship at Money In The Bank, he would not receive another shot as long as AJ Styles held the title.
WWE Championship Match
Last Man Standing; Shinsuke's last chance
AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Money In The Bank (Female)
Alexa Bliss vs. Asuka vs. Bayley vs. Becky Lynch vs. Billie Kay vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Ember Moon vs. Natalya
Money In The Bank (Male)
Bobby Lashley vs. Braun Strowman vs. Cesaro vs. Finn Balor vs. Rusev vs. Sami Zayn vs. Samoa Joe vs. The Miz
Intercontinental Championship Match
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Elias
Jinder Mahal vs. Roman Reigns
Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus
The New Day vs. Sanity
Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre vs. Titus Worldwide (Apollo Crews, No Way Jose & Titus O'Neil)
Who will come out on top as Ronda Rousey and Mickie James step into the ring together at Money In The Bank?
[Kick-Off Show] Cruiserweight Championship
Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Tony Nese
[Kick-Off Show]United States Championship
Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Shelton Benjamin
Money In The Bank 2018
[Kick-Off Show] Jeff Hardy (c) bt. Shelton Benjamin - Cedric Alexander (c) bt. Tony Nese
Live From Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
Following that match, a video package played which showed highlights of Ronda Rousey’s run as a member of the Raw roster. Featuring the WrestleMania moment where she made Stephanie McMahon tap out, the package also recapped her developing rivalry with Alexa Bliss and Mickie James. When the video package finished “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey made her way to the ring. After taking a microphone, Ronda Rousey would talk about her rivalry with Mickie James and Alexa Bliss, before calling the former out to the ring.
Ahead of the Main Event of the evening, the second Money In The Bank ladder match, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens were seen together in the Locker Room.
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Live from Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan!
Straight out of the opening credits, Braun Strowman made his entrance. Holding his Money In The Bank briefcase, Strowman made his way to the ring.
Talking about last night’s Money In The Bank, Braun Strowman said that he is holding the most powerful object he has ever had in his hand. He then said that from grappling hooks to production trucks, there has never been anything more dangerous in his hands than the Money In The Bank Briefcase. Strowman then spoke to the “Champ”, telling him that he isn’t good at sneaking up on people, adding that when he cashes in his Money In The Bank, the Champion is going to know about it. With everybody running scared, Strowman said that he isn’t surprised that nobody has yet interrupted him, because nobody wants to “Get These Hands!” Taking this as an invitation, Seth Rollins made his way to the ring.
Seth Rollins agreed that a lot of guys in the back were afraid of Strowman, but he’s not one of them. He added that Strowman is talking about nobody wanting these hands, but finds it interesting that Strowman is yet to answer one of Rollins’ Intercontinental Championship Open Challenges. Impressed by the guts that Seth Rollins showed in confronting him, it is clear that there is a respect between the two men in the ring, with the commentators calling them the two of the hottest properties in WWE today. While they agreed to a match there and then, Kurt Angle brought a halt to that idea, informing Braun Strowman that he was already in action on the night’s show. He did however tell Seth Rollins that the floor was open, leading to another Open Challenge from the Intercontinental Champion.
Answered by Baron Corbin, Seth Rollins was able to retain his Championship, in a hard fought defence against “The Lone Wolf”.
Sasha Banks then stated her intention is a backstage interview to call out Bayley later tonight. Having agreed to put their rivalry to bed recently, and go their separate ways, Sasha Banks requested just one final meeting with Bayley, wanting to put a line under all the ill feelings that have developed between them. After Bayley agreed to meet with Sasha, it was hyped throughout the night. Marked as the end of an up and down relationship, a video package recapped the entire story of the two women, beginning with their days in NXT all the way up to the present day.
Next up, it was time for reaction from Money In The Bank, where Dana Brooke seemingly turned her back on Titus Worldwide. Accompanied by Titus O’Neil, Apollo & No Way Jose were defeated by Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre, but it was the events following the match which were most telling. With No Way Jose down in the ring, as Dolph & Drew stood tall, Dana Brooke made her entrance, approaching Apollo Crews.
Another huge talking point out of Money In The Bank was Roman Reigns’ dominant victory over Jinder Mahal. Preparing to go and address the WWE Universe, Roman Reigns was confronted by Finn Balor.
When he was in the ring, Roman Reigns made his message loud and clear, he hears that Paul Heyman will be at Raw next week, and he wants him to tell Brock Lesnar that he coming for his shot at the Universal Championship. This brought out Finn Balor, who appeared to speak for the WWE Universe in opposing Roman Reigns receiving another shot at the WWE Universal Championship. Responding to Balor asking why he deserves the shot, Reigns said that he beat Brock Lesnar in Saudi Arabia, and he will do it again. Finn Balor found Roman Reigns believing he deserved another shot absurd, especially when Finn Balor - who never lost the Universal title - was never given the opportunity to regain the Championship.
Roman Reigns quickly turned this on Balor, telling him that his issue is simple - he’s been coasting for too long. Reigns added that a fake smile and a six pack will only take you so far in the WWE. This fired Finn Balor up, but Roman Reigns had an answer for everything that was thrown at him. Telling Finn Balor that the WWE is a “shark tank”, Reigns said that if Finn Balor is staying still, he’s getting left behind. With Balor looking to respond again, Reigns cut him off, saying that he’s said what he came out here to say, and he isn’t interested in Finn Balor, because he has bigger fish to fry!
Over on the Women’s side of the roster, The Riott Squad looked to make an impact, following their lack of appearance at the Money In The Bank show. A defeat to Natalya tipped Ruby Riott over the edge, and the group once again showed their power in numbers. Tired of this, Ember Moon and Nia Jax came out to make the save for Natalya.
The reaction to Money In The Bank came throughout the show, with Sami Zayn the next to address the events of the previous evening. At the show, Sami Zayn was left to fight on his own, despite a pact that he has made with Kevin Owens. Calling his “best friend” out, Sami Zayn wanted to know where the two men currently stand.
Kevin Owens defended his actions last night, saying that Sami Zayn made this an issue when he made this about himself. Owens said that Zayn lost sight of their shared goal and now they’re suffering for it. Kevin Owens added that he didn’t know if he could trust anybody anymore. Zayn didn’t like this implications, suggesting that if Kevin Owens is serious about this, then he just needed to say the word. Owens told Zayn that he had been Universal Champion before, and he didn’t need Sami then. This was enough for Zayn, who told Owens that was fine, vowing that whether they do this together… or alone, he was going to become the WWE Universal Champion.
Opening up the final hour of Raw, Alexa Bliss and Mickie James came to the ring. Earlier in the night, footage was shown from Money In The Bank, where Ronda Rousey got her hands on Mickie James, one on one. The result was Mickie James being locked in the Armbar, requiring medical assistance following the altercation.
Struggling to leave the ring, Mickie James was left alone, but Ronda had no interest in retreading old ground. Instead, she sent a clear message to Alexa Bliss - telling the former Women’s Champion - you’re next!
With a clash of philosophies in the Tag Team Division, the lighthearted Breezango and The Ascension were fairly easily defeated by The Revival and The Authors of Pain. After the match, The Revival tried to make the teams pact official, but A.O.P were not interested.
Returning from the break, Elias’ performance was cut off by Chad Gable. Gable said that he wanted a match with Elias, but “The Drifter” had other ideas. Claiming that the people were here to listen to Elias, and not to watch them to have a match, he left the ring after being unsatisfied by the crowd’s reaction.
The final part of Raw was dedicated to the “Last Chapter” of the Bayley and Sasha Banks story, and footage was once again shown of their history. From bitter enemies in NXT, to respectful rivals, the two women first learned to respect each other, before becoming best friends. Making their way to the ring, the two women took a trip down memory lane.
Bayley agreed, pointing out that it feels like both of their careers have been put on hold for the past 6 months, and they need to draw a line under it. From this moment forth, Bayley and Sasha Banks agree that instead of being known as the “bickering best frenemies”, they need to be known as what they are, two of the best Superstars in the entire WWE. Bayley then offered Sasha a handshake, with Banks instead going for a hug. Raising Sasha arm in the air, Bayley looked set to move on, telling Banks “I’m so happy to put behind me”. Sasha smiled, but seemed unsure.
As Bayley went to leave the ring, Banks asked her to hold on. Sasha Banks said that she knows that they need to keep their separate careers, but asked “we’re still friends, right?” Bayley smiled and nodded, and Sasha added “and you still trust me…” Caught off guard by the needy line of inquiry, Bayley didn’t answer. Sasha followed this up, saying “because if you don’t trust me… then we aren’t friends.” Bayley tried to explain herself, saying that after what has gone on between them, she just needs some time.
Looking disappointed, after she had tried to mend the bridges, Banks tried to guilt trip Bayley, putting her head down and exiting the ring. However, as Bayley turned her back, Sasha Banks returned to the ring, hitting her from behind. Put over as a significant moment between the two women, the commentators presented this as the “point of no return”, as Sasha Banks laid hands into Bayley, her demeanor changing completely. Pulling on the hair of her former friend, Sasha Banks began to slap Bayley. A distressed Bayley merely looked to try and get away from the vicious Sasha, who appeared to have snapped. Dragging Bayley back into the middle of the ring by her hair, Sasha Banks slapped Bayley, telling her “you just made the biggest mistake of your life”.
Seemingly just as emotionally hurt as she was physically, Bayley simply didn’t have the strength to fight back. Eventually, Sasha Banks locked a Banks Statement on Bayley, looking to send her to sleep. Refusing to release the hold, which included more hair pulling, referees flooded the ring to get between the two women. Rolling Bayley out of the ring, and to safety, medical professionals checked on her, as Sasha Banks stood tall in the ring. Closing out Raw, Sasha Banks presented a handful of Bayley’s hair that was in her hand, dropping it onto the mat. Putting over the brutal attack, Corey Graves said that Sasha Banks had finally showed her “true colours”, suggesting that the Raw roster better be on notice, as a sleeping giant has just been awoken.
Seth Rollins (c) bt. Baron Corbin [Intercontinental Championship]
Dolph Ziggler & Drew Galloway bt. Apollo Crews & No Way Jose
Natalya bt. Ruby Riott
Braun Strowman bt. Bobby Roode
The Authors of Pain & The Revival bt. Breezango & The Ascension
Bobby Lashley bt. Jinder Mahal
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Opening the show for the live crowd, Sasha Banks came to the ring to address what happened last week. Prior to her entrance, a video package had shown her brutal attack on Bayley.
While Sasha Banks protested that she didn’t owe anyone an explanation, she did go to great lengths to justify herself. Starting off, she showed what she felt was the important footage from last week, where Bayley told Sasha that she didn’t trust her. Banks would say that she did everything she could to move on, but Bayley disrespected her. Now Sasha says that she is supposed to come out here and apologise for what she did, and for the nature of the attack. Banks will tell whoever made that call that they can to go to hell, because she isn’t going to say sorry for being who she is. Continuing, Banks put over the fact that she has been forced to spend the last two years being somebody else, saying that she is tired of pretending to be somebody she isn’t. Insistent that she will not be painted as the bad guy, Sasha Banks made it clear that Bayley ended their friendship, all she did was ensure it ended on her terms. Pointing out that Bayley isn’t here tonight, Sasha Banks said that she knows Bayley is going to play the victim in this situation. She will therefore ask the WWE Universe to keep one thing in mind, listing the fact that she was the one who reached out to Bayley, she is the one who said sorry last week, and she is the one who hugged Bayley in the middle of this ring. What that means to Sasha Banks is simple, as she says that everybody here has to agree, Bayley can only blame Bayley for what happened last week.
That wasn’t all for Sasha Banks, as when the show returned from the commercial break, viewers were informed that Natalya had taken issue with last week’s attack, requesting a match against her. Kurt Angle made the match, where a focussed and brutal Sasha Banks was able to make Natalya submit with a Banks Statement. After the match, Banks refused to release the hold, until she was forced to by officials.
Following on from last week, Elias and Chad Gable’s issues continued throughout the night, stemming from Chad once again interrupting a performance. When Elias claimed that he wouldn’t compete until he was allowed to complete his performance, Kurt Angle vowed to cut Elias’ microphone every time he goes to speak if he didn’t take part in the match.
Revealing that he had been sending the messages, it turned out that Kurt Angle’s son Jason Jordan was the returning Raw Superstar. Looking out for his friend, and offering to get his father out of a jam, Jason Jordan stepped forward to face Elias. Smiling at his father, Jordan would tell Kurt “just like you taught me… always bring your gear!” With little other choice, Jason Jordan was placed in the match, which took place towards the end of the show.
Long before that match, Sami Zayn was also in action, having earlier stated his intention to become the next WWE Universal Champion. Tonight however, he turned his attention to the Intercontinental Championship, accepting Seth Rollins’ open challenge.
The second hour of the show saw Ember Moon and Nia Jax team up, taking on the team of Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan. With Ember & Nia in control, Ruby Riott decided action needed to be taken. Not interested in victory, Ruby Riott pulled Nia Jax off the apron, while Liv Morgan joined Sarah Logan in the ring. This resulted in a DQ.
Tired of The Riott Squad’s continued attacks, Nia Jax told Ruby that “you’ve got it!”, accepting her challenge to a match for the Women’s Championship.
Mojo Rawley was defeated by No Way Jose, as Titus Worldwide presented a united front. Later on, Drew McIntyre defeated Rhyno, after Dolph & Drew questioned what had happened to the once ruthless, destructive Rhyno. After the match, Dolph Ziggler joined Drew McIntyre in the ring, with Dana Brooke watching on from ringside, smiling at Dolph Ziggler.
The Raw Tag Team Champions were also in action, with The Revival taking them on in a non-title match. Looking to build on a successful few weeks, The Revival were disappointingly defeated by Hardy & Wyatt. Following the match, The Authors of Pain picked their spot, finally getting their hands on The Deleters of Worlds. Leaving the Raw Tag Team Champions down in the ring, Akam & Rezar appeared to be back on the right track in their quest to take the titles.
Over all the events which had preceded, the key thread throughout the entire episode of Raw revolved around an appearance from Paul Heyman.
In demand from Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns, both of whom have an interest in the Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar, Kurt Angle had to remind the pair that Paul Heyman was there for a meeting with the Raw General Manager, and nothing else.
Once he arrived at the building, Paul Heyman went straight into Angle’s Office. It was just several minutes into this “crunch meeting” that Paul Heyman left the office, with a smile on his face. Promoting an announcement regarding the Universal Championship at the end of the show, the commentators wondered what conclusions the pair could have possibly come to, having been in the much anticipated discussions for such a short time.
Unwilling to wait until the end of the show, Roman Reigns made his way to the ring, calling out Paul Heyman. Roman didn’t want to speak about the announcement, instead telling Paul to cut the crap and give him what he’s owed. This brought out Finn Balor, who once again took issue to Roman Reigns’ sense of entitlement.
Paul Heyman told the two men that what they say now will have no effect on his announcement at the end of the evening, but they’re welcome to bicker with each other. He did hope that they wouldn’t beat each other too badly, because he was sure that they’d both want to hear what he has to say at the end of the night. Agreeing with this, Roman Reigns left the ring, leaving Finn Balor behind him.
When it came to the Main Event segment of the night, Paul Heyman’s entrance was followed by Roman Reigns, who stopped at the top of the ramp. Not wanting to be outdone, Finn Balor joined him, and the two stared each other down. Paul Heyman was frustrated by the interferences, and as he went to begin his announcement, a third Raw Superstar made their way out from the back. This time, he didn’t stop at the top of the ramp, as Braun Strowman instead barged past the bickering Balor and Reigns, heading straight to the ring to confront Paul Heyman.
Delaying the announcement once more, Braun Strowman said that the one person Brock Lesnar’s camp should be focussed on was him. Strowman said that whatever the announcement is, he first wanted to send a message through Paul to Brock. Braun Strowman reiterated his points from last week, saying that there has never been a bigger threat to a Champion than him holding the Money In The Bank. He added that he knows that the Universal Champion isn’t used to running scared, but he’d better get used to it.
Moving on, Paul Heyman finally began his announcement, but first made note of it being his first opportunity to congratulate Brock Lesnar on becoming the longest reigning Heavyweight Champion of the “Modern Era”. Announcing that Brock wants to celebrate that in style, Heyman said that he would do just that, in three weeks, at Extreme Rules. Paul Heyman would then go through the various merits of the three men who have staked their interest, as well as mentioning the likes of Sami Zayn and Bobby Lashley. However, Paul Heyman felt that after a short discussion, and with a number of easily manageable provisions, the right choice for Brock Lesnar’s next challenger would be the man who never lost the title. Stepping forward, Finn Balor would make his way down the ramp. Looking back towards Reigns, before brushing past Braun Strowman in the ring, Finn Balor extended his hand to Paul Heyman. With the two men shaking hands, it was official - at Extreme Rules - Brock Lesnar will defend the WWE Universal Championship against Finn Balor!
Sasha Banks bt. Natalya
Seth Rollins (c) bt. Sami Zayn [Intercontinental Championship]
Ember Moon & Nia Jax bt. Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan (DQ)
No Way Jose bt. Mojo Rawley
The Deleters of Worlds bt. The Revival
Drew McIntyre bt. Rhyno
Jason Jordan bt. Elias