WWE RAW is live tonight from the Times Union Center in Albany, New York. Here is the latest from the WWE to get you ready for the show:
Advertised angles for the show include Sami Zayn “exposing” Bobby Lashley by inviting his sisters to the show. There is also a tease of more in the Roman Reigns-Jinder Mahal feud as well as more Money In the Bank qualifying matches.
RAW Opening Segment
RAW General Manager Kurt Angle opens the show. Angle talks about the roll RAW has been on lately and is excited to preside over the contract signing between RAW Women’s Champion Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey for their upcoming match. As he’s about to announce a Money In the Bank Qualifying match, RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon interrupts.
No cast on her left arm to sell the beating by Rousey, which she emphasized as she came down the ramp. McMahon said everything that happened at WrestleMania is now water under the bridge. She said she’s a leader and she will always do what’s best for business. Fans chanted “you tapped out,” which she admitted to doing. McMahon said with her guidance, Angle could improve as an GM. Stephanie said sometimes Angle lets his emotions get in the way and she will preside over the contract signing between Jax and Rousey. Angle said he agreed with Stephanie that he could use more guidance. Stephanie said Angle has given Roman Reigns too much latitude and that should end tonight.
Reigns came out to mostly boos. Corey Graves bellowed “What a reaction!” Reigns said if Stephanie was going to say something about him, say it to him. Stephanie said she didn’t understand Reigns temper as of late and if he can’t contain his Samoan temper, then maybe he can look for another line of work. Reigns said Stephanie should watch her tone when she talks to him. Reigns threatened to take his temper backstage and destroy all of her favorite superstars. Stephanie said she doesn’t have favorites, she does what’s best for business. She said she manages revenue streams and handles amount of money that these people can’t begin to imagine. Reigns wanted to talk about Stephanie’s favorite line of revenue, Brock Lesnar. Stephanie said management has heard Reigns’ complaints about Lesnar and has taken it under advisement. Reigns told Stephanie to cut the line of corporate crap and start being honest. Reigns said the fact is that management doesn’t want him anywhere near the Universal Championship. Stephanie said the truth is Reigns lost his qualifying match and if Reigns wants to take it up with someone, take it up with Jinder Mahal. With a smirk, Reigns said he already did.
Owens said he almost feels indebted to Reigns for spearing Mahal through the wall, because he grabbed the brass ring and earned a spot in the Money in the Bank match. Owens said everyone knows that what’s best for business is him winning the Money in the Bank contract. Owens said he actually he really likes Reigns, and said the crowd likes to chant stupid stuff and tried to get a “Thank you, Roman” chant going, but they wouldn’t follow. Owens said he tried. Owens said Stephanie was right when she said she doesn’t play favorites. Even though Owens had issued with her father and her brother, she still hired him to be the cornerstone of her Monday Night Raw roster because it was best for business. Owens touched Stephanie on her shoulder. Stephanie barked at him never to touch her again. For some reason, Stephanie ordered Owens to face Reigns immediately. Owens looked confused over that but Reigns looked happy.
Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens
Back from the break and the match is underway as Reigns backs Owens into the corner. The referee backs him off. Owens stalls some before taking Reigns down with a headlock.
Reigns ends up flooring Owens with a big shoulder. Owens goes to the floor and is shocked. Owens returns to the ring but takes his time. Reigns blocks a shot and delivers a big right hand. Reigns beats Owens around the ring now. Owens fights back but Reigns just takes it. Reigns knocks Owens into the corner and mounts him with right hands as fans count along. Owens charges but Reigns drops him with a big right hand. More back and forth now. Owens gets knocked from the top out to the floor. Reigns looks on as the referee counts.
Reigns with more offense as Owens recovers on the floor. Reigns goes out for the Drive By but Owens moves and nails a superkick. Owens rolls Reigns back in and covers for a pin attempt as we go to another commercial.
Back from the break and Reigns has turned it back around as he takes Owens up to the top. Owens knocks Reigns back to the mat. Owens comes down but Reigns delivers a pair of clotheslines and a big right hand off the ropes. Reigns unloads in the corner as fans count along. Reigns misses a big boot and Owens nails a DDT for a 2 count. More back and forth now. Reigns catches Owens in a Samoan Drop for a close 2 count. Reigns misses a Superman punch and Owens rolls him up for a 2 count. Owens sends Reigns into the corner with a big shot. Owens runs for the corner cannonball but Reigns nails the Superman Punch for a close 2 count. Reigns can’t believe it.
Owens ends up dodging a Spear by rolling to the floor. Reigns goes right after him and nails the Spear on the floor for a big pop. Jinder Mahal and Sunil Singh run down next and attack Reigns from behind on the floor for the disqualification.
Winner: Roman Reigns By Disqualification
After the bell, Jinder, with taped up ribs, works Reigns over on the floor as the referee warns him. Jinder rolls Reigns back into the ring and continues the assault. Owens returns to the ring for the double team. The music hits and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollinsfor the save. Rollins hits the ring and unloads on all three heels, clearing the ring as we go back to commercial.
Intercontinental Champ Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens & Jinder Mahal with Sunil Singh
Reigns got the heat. Just as Reigns was set to make a hot tag, Mahal pulled Rollins down from the apron and threw him into the barricade. Owens leveled Reigns with the cannonball for a near fall. Reigns made the hot tag after kicking Owens in the head after he made another attempt at the Pop-Up Power Bomb. Rollins hit Mahal with a sling blade and clotheslined him over the top rope, then caught Owens with a tope, followed by a tope for Mahal. Rollins got a two count on Mahal following a blockbuster. Singh jumped on the apron to distract Rollins, and Mahal hit a fireman’s carry into a double knee gutbuster for a near fall. Owens tagged in and deliver another gutbuster, followed by a inverted second rope elbow drop. Reigns ran back in for a Samoan Drop. Good finishing sequence where Rollins escaped the Pop-Up power bomb from Owens, missed the first Lights Out/Curb Stomp but hit the 2nd attempt to pin Owens.
Winners: IC Champ Seth Rollins & Roman
After the match, Rollins and Reigns stands tall as Rollins’ music hits. We go to replays. Rollins and Reigns walk up the ramp and to the back but stop on the stage to pose for the crowd. Jinder comes from behind with a steel chair and takes them both down, Rollins first. Jinder unloads on Reigns with the chair as referees try to get him to stop. Jinder talks some trash and leaves as officials check on Reigns. Rollins crawls over and slowly gets to his feet next to Reigns. Reigns is up on his knees now as his music hits.
Sami Zayn-Bobby Lashley Segment
We go to the ring and out comes Sami Zayn. Sami says we now know that Bobby Lashley’s interview with Renee Young was not truthful. He will prove this with the help of Lashley’s sisters. Sami asks fans to give it up for The Lashley Sisters – Francis, Cathy and Jessica. These are obviously not Lashley’s sisters. It looks like indie wrestlers dressed as women.
Sami thanks the Lashley sisters for joining him. He says he totally sees the trademark Lashley family resemblance. Cathy says Lashley was mean to them as a kid. She’s carrying a broom and talks about how Lashley liked picking on her the most but she beat him away with their mother’s broom. Francis is carrying a helmet and talks about how she started using it because Lashley always thumped her on the head. Sami talks to Jessica next and she’s carrying a towel. Lashley would hurt her feelings as a kid, making her feel so bad that she would cry. A tissue wasn’t enough. He made her cry so much that the towel was soaking wet by the end of the night. Fans are booing now. Sami says we’re starting to get a picture of the real Bobby Lashley, what he’s been saying all along. Cathy says Lashley only loves himself. Francis says their parents hated Lashley, to the point they had to send him to reform school. They also talk about how the community always called police on Lashley because he was a candy thief. This goes on until the music hits and out comes Lashley.
Lashley is all smiles as he jokes about his “sisters” and how they’re still single, their looks. Lashley says Sami is incredible, a great friend and hilarious. Lashley thanks Sami for doing this and says he couldn’t be any better of a friend. Sami says maybe Lashley would like it more if he hit the Helluva Kick and tossed Lashley out of the ring like a piece of garbage because that’s what his family thinks of him – garbage. Sami goes to hurry out of the ring as Lashley stares him down. Lashley grabs him but the “sisters” grab him. Sami joins in for a 4-on-1 attack. They hold Lashley as Sami assaults him. Lashley powers out and levels them all. Lashley takes turns on the sisters and destroys them all as Sami looks on from the ramp. Lashley stands tall and poses as his music hits. Sami throws a fit on the ramp and talks trash back at Lashley.
Ember Moon vs. Alexa Bliss
Moon missed a baseball slide to the floor and Bliss gave her a twisting armlock into the boards. Bliss held an armlock until Moon hit a side slam. Bliss grabbed the apron into the ring, leading to the referee turning his back. Mickie James ran in the ring and took off one of her high heels. The referee turned his back, caught James in the act and ejected her him ringside. Moon kicked James out of the ring. Bliss tried to pin Moon with a schoolgirl cradle while holding the trunks. Moon kicked out, kicked Bliss across the chest and pinned her with the Eclipse.
Winner: Ember Moon
Stephanie Sets Match Between Balor & Strowman
Stephanie McMahon is backstage when Finn Balorwalks in with Braun Strowman, looking for Kurt Angle. Stephanie says this was Kurt’s office but he was nice enough to let her borrow it. She’s made a few changes, including a photo of Vince McMahonon display. Balor and Strowman want a rematch against Dolph Zigglerand Drew McIntyre. Stephanie says they’re not a real tag team and will be against each other at MITB. Stephanie wonders if Balor blames Braun for coming up short last week. They exchange a look and it sounds like she’s right. Stephanie makes Balor vs. Strowman for tonight. Braun crushes an apple in his hand and says he likes competition.
No Way Jose vs. Baron Corbin
We go to the ring and out comes No Way Jose with his conga line. Back to commercial.
Back from the beak and out comes Baron Corbin. The bell rings and they go at it with Jose unloading on Corbin. Jose blocks a shot and takes out Corbin on the floor. Corbin turns it around and leaps off the apron to take Jose down on the floor. Corbin stomps away on the floor now. Corbin brings it back into the ring and sends Jose into the ring post. Corbin presses Jose’s head into the post with his boot. Corbin with a 2 count.
Corbin keeps Jose grounded in the middle of the ring now. Jose tries to fight up but Corbin brings him back down. Jose tries to rally as he fights back. Corbin shuts him back down. Jose counters and sends Corbin shoulder-first into the ring post this time. More back and forth now. Jose with a big boot and more offense. Jose scoops Corbin on his shoulder and drops him face-first. Corbin kicks out at 2.
Jose waits for Corbin to get up as he winds up for the knockout punch. Corbin counters but Jose rolls him up for a 2 count. Corbin gets right up and catches Jose in a Deep Six. Corbin waits a second and nails End of Days for the pin.
Winner: Baron Corbin
Angle Sets Match Between Chad Gable & Drew McIntrye/Dolph Ziggler
Kurt Angle is backstage trying to get cell service when Chad Gableapproaches. They talk about Gable possibly being in a MITB qualifier when they’re interrupted by Drew McIntyreand Dolph Ziggler. Drew says they beat two of the best RAW has to offer last week, Finn Balor and Braun Strowman, and they’d love to do it again but decisions are now above Angle’s pay-grade. Gable says they think they’re special. Drew says because they are as he steps to Gable. Ziggler mocks Gable next. Gable is ready to fight. Angle gets in between them and says they will settle it in the ring tonight. Drew and Ziggler walk off as Gable and Angle look on. Angle calls them jackasses.
The B Team vs. Breezango
We go to the ring and out comes The B Team, Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and The B Team waits in the ring as Tyler Breeze and Fandango are out next. We get video from earlier today with The Fashion Police reviewing The B Team’s custom t-shirts. Breeze says they will prove tonight that there is room for just one b-team on RAW. Breeze starts off with Axel and they go at it, trading holds. Axel with a quick pin attempt.
Breeze with a quick pin attempt on Axel next. Axel regroups with Dallas on the floor. He comes back in and tags Axel in. Breeze drops Bo on his face and covers for a 2 count. Fandango tags in and comes off the top while Breeze holds Bo. The B Team ends up double teaming Fandango after Axel tags in. Axel covers for the win out of nowhere after Fandango tried dancing over Bo.
Winner: The B Team
Rousey-Jax Contract Signing
Back from commercial, Stephanie McMahon is in the ring to preside over our Raw Women’s Championship contract signing.
She says the WWE Universe is still in stunned disbelief at Nia Jax’s challenge to Ronda Rousey. She brings Nia out first and congratulates her on winning and defending the title. She knows her issues with Alexa were deeply personal and heartwrenching, but she’s boldly chosen her next opponent, and this is her segue to bring Ronda out.
She and Steph have a slightly awkward greeting and Rousey asks how the arm is doing. It’s great, thanks for asking, and they take their seats. McMahon asks how it feels to leapfrog the entire women’s division to get a title shot, and Ronda says she knows what she’s trying to do, and a lot of women deserve this more, but Jax didn’t challenge them, she challenged her.
Steph asks why she might have done this and suggests that Nia is trying to make her name by beating Rousey in her first singles match, and she’s ripe for the picking. Jax also knows she comes from a world of weight classes and there’s none of that in WWE, and Nia is bigger and stronger and more powerful. Jax also knows that Ronda doesn’t like losing and if she does, she’ll leave WWE forever and Nia will be the baddest woman on the planet.
Nia gives Ronda an exasperated “get a load of this” look and Steph continues, asking why it took Jax so long to beat Alexa, if she relies too much on her power and size and she’s really lazy? And if she is that lazy, how long will it take Rousey to get her in the armbar, if she even can. McMahon lays it on thicker and thicker and Nia stands up and says the truth is Ronda can’t get the armbar on her.
She’s sick and tired of hearing that lazy crap and the truth is she IS going to make a name for herself by beating Rousey at Money in the Bank. Nia signs the contract and puts her title on her shoulder. Ronda stands up, signs the contract, calmly moves the table aside and picks up the microphone. She says she’s happy the truth came out, but that’s okay, and she offers a handshake.
Jax accepts it and Rousey continues, saying she’s going to take the title. Ronda eyes her arm up like a side of beef and adds that she’s also going to take her arm. They stare each other down to close the segment out.
Chad Gable vs. Dolph Ziggler
Back from the break and the match is underway as Dolph Ziggler goes at it with Chad Gable. Drew McIntyre looks on from ringside. Gable takes Ziggler to school early on but Ziggler turns it around and connects with a dropkick. Ziggler works Gable over and keeps him grounded in the middle of the ring now. Ziggler drops Gable again for a 2 count.
Ziggler keeps Gable down on the mat with his legs wrapped around. They get back to their feet and Gable tries to fight out. Gable takes Ziggler down and rolls him for a 2 count. Gable with another 2 count with a bridge. Ziggler gets up and goes right for the knee. Ziggler gets fired up but Gable counters. Ziggler blocks a German suplex and hits a neckbreaker. Ziggler runs into an elbow in the corner. Gable avoids a superkick and rolls Ziggler up for another close 2 count.
Gable sends Ziggler face first into the turnbuckles and catches him in a German suplex for a close 2 count. Ziggler ends up suckering Gable into a headbutt and superkicking him for the pin.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Money In the Bank Fatal 4 Way Qualifier: Dana Brooke vs. Natalya vs. Liv Morgan vs. Sarah Logan
Back from the break and Dana Brooke waits in the ring as The Riott Squad comes out – Sarah Logan, Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott. We see the briefcases hanging high above the ring as Natalya makes her way out next.
The bell rings and Liv attacks Natalya while Logan beats down Dana. Liv drops Natalya out of the corner while Logan works on Dana in the other corner. Liv goes to the top but Natalya rocks her. Liv comes off the top and covers Natalya for a 2 count. Logan sends Dana to the apron but Dana fights back. Logan levels Dana. Natalya goes after Logan and nails a snap suplex for a 2 count. Liv comes at Natalya from behind and screams at her. Liv misses in the corner. Natalya slingshots her off the top to the mat. Natalya with more offense and the basement dropkick to Liv for a 2 count.
Logan floors Natalya out of nowhere for a 2 count as Dana breaks the pin. Dana with a clothesline on Logan. Liv with an enziguri on Dana. Dana rolls to the floor for a breather. Liv is alone in the ring with Logan now. They stare each other down and look up at the briefcases. They laugh at each other and go to double team Natalya. Liv talks trash and strikes Natalya while Logan holds her. They switch roles now as Logan drops Natalya with a forearm. Dana ends up pulling Liv to the floor and dropping her hard. Natalya goes at it with Logan in the ring onw. Natalya with the side Russian leg sweep.
Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter but Ruby provides the distraction. This allows Logan to level Natalya for a 2 count. Dana comes in but Logan destroys her, sending her into the ring post. Logan turns around to the discus clothesline from Natalya. Natalya applies the Sharpshooter and Logan taps out to give Natalya the MITB spot.
After the match, Natalya stands tall and looks up at the briefcases as we go to replays. Charly Caruso enters the ring to interview Natalya, asking if MITB experience is her greatest asset going into this match. Natalya agrees but says she has Ronda Rousey as her training partner and after MITB they will have new nicknames because Ronda will be the new RAW Women’s Champion while Natalya will be Ms. Money In the Bank. Natalya exits as her music hits.
Elias vs. Bobby Roode
Back from the break and Elias is in the ring with a spotlight and his guitar. He takes credit for WWE stock being at record highs and takes shots at Albany. The music interrupts and out comes Bobby Roode. Roode does his entrance and goes to take his robe off but Elias attacks from behind and beats him down before the bell.
The bell rings as Roode tells the referee he’s good to go. Roode unloads on Elias to start. Roode keeps control and sends Elias flying over the top rope with a stiff clothesline as fans pop. Roode stands tall as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Elias floors Roode with a clothesline. Elias with more offense and a 2 count. Elias drops Roode again for another close pin attempt. Elias keeps Roode grounded now but Roode fights up. Elias takes him right back to the mat and keeps him there. Roode fights up and out but Elias delivers a knee to the gut. Roode looks to build more momentum now. Elias blocks a neckbreaker but Roode counters that. Roode catches Elias in a big Spinebuster for a close 2 count.
Roode calls for the Glorious DDT now as fans pop. Elias counters and backdrops him for a 2 count. Elias with a knee to the gut. Elias runs into boots in the corner. Roode misses the Blockbuster and may have tweaked his knee as he sells. Roode with a swinging neckbreaker. Roode goes to the top but he’s moving slower than usual. Elias crotches Roode on the top. Elias brings Roode to the mat and nails the Drift Away for the pin and the win.
After the match, Elias stands tall as we go to replays. Elias leaves with his guitar as Roode recovers. Braun Strowman’s music hits as Elias makes his way to the stage. Braun comes running out and drops Elias with a big shoulder. Braun heads to the ring for the main event as we go back to commercial.
Finn Balor vs. Braun Strowman
Back from the break and out comes Finn Balor as Braun Strowman waits in the ring.
The bell rings and they both smile at each other. They meet and go at it, trading shots. Balor tries to bring Strowman down to the mat but Braun overpowers and clubs him in the back. Braun puts Balor back down with a big headbutt. Strowman stalks Balor and whips him hard into the corner. Balor smacks the turnbuckles and goes down. Braun screams out and we get a replay. Braun talks some trash, blaming Balor for getting pinned last week. Braun with another headbutt. Balor finally takes the knee out but Braun is still hobbling around. Braun floors Balor for a pin attempt. Braun tries to shake the left knee pain off as Balor recovers. Braun punts Balor through the ropes to the floor.
Braun follows to the floor and launches Balor back into the ring. Braun steps back into the ring over the top rope and points up at the briefcases, talking more trash to Balor. Braun with a big shot to the gut. Braun continues the assault on Balor while yelling out. Braun charges in the corner but Balor gets his boots up, and again. Braun charges again but Balor moves and he hits the turnbuckles. Balor with a kick to the face and more strikes. Braun just takes the chop, then drops Balor with a headbutt.
Braun with more offense until Balor sends him over the top to the floor. Braun catches Balor in mid-kick from the apron and drops him on his face. Braun comes back into the ring and clubs Balor to the mat. Braun asks Balor if he’s had enough. Braun picks Balor up and says he’s done playing with him. Balor delivers a shot but Braun just knocks him to the mat. Balor rolls to the floor. Braun runs around the ring but Balor meets him with a Slingblade on the floor. Braun goes down and Balor returns to the ring. Balor runs around the ring now and dropkicks Braun over the barrier into the crowd.
Balor rests against the barrier but Braun grabs him from behind. Balor fights Braun off and kicks him in the neck, dropping him at ringside. Balor breaks the count. Balor leaps off the apron with a stomp to the back of the neck on the floor. Balor jumps off the barrier and nails a Coup de Grace on the floor. Balor returns tot he ring as the referee counts on Braun. Braun barely makes it back in before the 10 count. More back and fort now. Braun misses in the corner when charging. Balor dropkicks his head into the buckles. Balor goes to the top for Coup de Grace but Braun grabs him by his throat. Balor slides out and runs the ropes but Braun catches him in a powerslam. Braun drops his straps and scoops Balor for the running powerslam and the pin.
Winner: Braun Strowman
After the match, Braun stands tall as his music hits. We go to replays. The referee checks on Balor but Balor grabs him and takes him to the corner, standing him up against the turnbuckles in an apparent show of respect. Braun looks up at the briefcases and yells out. Braun looks at Balor in the corner before making his exit. RAW goes off the air.
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