The following are the live results of tonight's edition of WWE Monday Night RAW, courtesy of our friend Mike Hogan of Rajah.com:
Jimmy Smith, Corey Graves and the affable Byron Saxton welcome us back to Monday Night Raw! We waste no time and hear the familiar tunes of the Judgment Day and out come the trio, decked in black suits and makeup with purple accents!
Finn Bálor leads Rhea Ripley and Damian Priest down to the ring as commentary sends us to videos recapping the vicious beatdown Dominik Mysterio suffered at the hands of Ripley last week, followed by Bálor's destruction of Rey Mysterio later in the match. Rhea starts us off on the mic, mocking Dom and stating she really is his papi. Bálor takes a turn on the mic to insult the Mysterios, then asks Damian Priest what he's going to do to Edge next week. Priest works the crowd, hyping them up and asking if they want to see the Rated-R Superstar Edge. The crowd gets worked up until he reminds them that, like the Mysterios, Edge isn't here tonight, either. He'll be around next week--in Toronto--and will have his first match "at home" in a decade. Priest then addresses Edge's words last week, claiming that Priest needed the Judgment Day to back him up. Priest takes exception at this and states that next weekend, it's one-on-one, man to man, no Judgment Day. "Edge, Toronto will no longer be known as your hometown. It'll be the place where Damian Priest sent you back into retirement." Loud digital boos from the digital crowd; mostly "what" treatment from the fans. Priest then states retirement for Edge won't be "filming whack movies" and TV shows this time around, but instead it'll be Beth Phoenix feeding him through a feeding tube and pushing him around in a wheelchair the rest of his life.
Rey Mysterio attacks the Judgement Day from behind outta nowhere! Rey sends Bálor and Priest outside and confronts Ripley, who attempts to distract him. Rey catches Bálor, who has a steel chair, and takes him and Priest both down with the steel equalizer! Rey threatens to whack Finn again and Rhea puts herself between Finn and Rey. This time the distraction works and the Judgment Day's number games give them the advantage over Rey. Rhea Ripley hits a DDT onto the steel step, dropping Rey on top of his skull as the crowd loudly chants for Edge. Sorry, folks, he's no Goldberg. Bálor has Priest and Ripley hold down Rey and position a steel chair on top of his chest. Bálor hits the Coup de Grace on Rey, breaking the chair! The crowd loudly boos, the refs check on Rey, and Graves speculates that the Mysterios really are finished as we go to break!
Our first-round action continues tonight as we get our first match underway! The established duo of Doudrop & Nikki A.S.H. are out first and the hands-down favorite per commentary team, compared to the newly-formed duo of Bliss & Asuka. The latter get a great pop and we get ready for our bell--when Raw Women's Champion Bianca Belair makes her way out to observe this match! The two teams go right at it, with Nikki & Doudrop working quick to isolate Alexa Bliss as we head to our second break of the night. Throughout the break, the heels maintain control. We return with Nikki working Bliss' neck, only to lose control. Asuka comes in off the hot tag and takes down both Doudrop on the apron and Nikki all over the ring. Asuka with a hip attack in the corner; an Asuka strike combination, followed by a key-lock strike nearly sees Asuka pick up the win. Doudrop attempts to distract Asuka from ringside and does just that, allowing Nikki A.S.H. to almost pick up the win after a quick slam. Doudrop and Nikki attempt to double-team Asuka but the Empress of Tomorrow fights them off, briefly, until A.S.H. hits her Cross-Body finisher. Bliss with a mule dropkick to make the save! We see Tamina & Dana Brooke watching from the back as all four women are wiped out after Doudrop uses a running cross-body of her own to wipe out Bliss! Doudrop tags herself in and looks to put away Asuka but fails. Asuka rallies and uses a hip attack to drop Nikki off the apron, but runs right into a Michinoku Driver from Doudrop! Dou gets a two but no joy! Bliss is finally up on the apron after having been down for several moments. Doudrop drags Asuka into the corner and sets up a banzai Drop or Vader Bomb but Asuka moves! Asuka uses the ropes to drag herself to a vertical base and fires of a right to the side of Doudrop's head! Asuka tags in Doudrop, this a a running dropkick and sets up a Bliss DDT. Bliss tags in Asuka who hits another kick and slaps on an arm bar! Bliss stops Nikki from making the save and Doudrop taps! They'll face Iyo Sky & Dakota Kai in the finals. After the match, Bayley, Kai & Sky are shown--with Sky in a rare casual wear outfit that, looks great--behind the retreating victors and Bianca Belair. The six women exchange words ahead of their six-woman tag match at Clash at the Castle.
Your Winners and ADVANCING in the Women's Tag Team Championship Tournament, Alexa Bliss & Asuka!
Theory's cutting a promo backstage about his failed attempt to cash-in his Money in the Bank briefcase. Ziggler comes up and the two exchange heated words, with ultimately Theory calling Ziggler and "old, washed up has-been." Ziggler snapped and attacked Theory, sending us to break!
We start with the Miz & Ciampa taking an early, dominant lead over the newly-formed duo of Ali & Alexander--and new tag teams, we're told, seem to be the theme of tonight's episode per Jimmy Smith. The Miz and Ciampa completely dominate as we go into our first break, with Ciampa and the Miz borrowing from the Blackheart's NXT playbook, clapping himself on the back as the Miz enthusiastically claps Ciampa's back, too. Don't forget--prior to the match, the Miz gave a gift of a framed Instagram/social media image of the two from last week, in a blinged-out frame. When we return from break, Ciampa is still in control over Cedric Alexander, who sports a slightly tweaked look in addition to going face. Ciampa shuts down an attempt by Cedric Benjamin to rally, but Benjamin makes the hot tag to Ali. Ali takes it to Ciampa and the Miz, battling the now-legal Miz and dropping him with an inverted rolling neckbreaker for a close two. Ali is sent into the ropes by the Miz, leading to Cedric's tagging in. The Miz avoids a back suplex and looks for a Skull-Crushing Finale but Benjamin counters with a scoop slam. Benjamin would have had the wing if not for Ciampa placing the Miz's foot on the bottom rope, forcing the ref to stop his count. Alia wipes out Ciampa with a suicide dive that sends Ciampa across the commentary desk and crashing into Corey Graves! The Miz falls victim to a roll-up attempt and dropkick combo from Cedric Benjamin and a rallying Mustafa Ali! The pace picks up and some confusion ensues as Ali fails to notice the Miz tag in Ciampa, setting up Ciampa intercepting Ali mid-450 splash attack with a big sliding knee strike. Ali never rallies and Ciampa picks up the win for his team with the Fairy Tale Ending finisher.
Your Winners, the Miz & Ciampa!
Coming up after these words from their sponsors! After much ado about nothing, McIntyre makes his way out. He gives a fiery promo about going to Cardiff, kicking Roman's arse, and bringing the titles back. He states that the titles deserve a fighting champion. He addresses the recent reports that he's suffering from a back injury. "I have to be honest, it's true. Mostly because I've been carrying a load of 20 men for three years in the ring and outside the ring for WWE. I do it with a smile on my face because this is a privilege, this isn't a job! This is my dream." He gauges the crowd about possible challengers for his titles, naming Ciampa, AJ Styles, "the new" Seth Rollins, Karrion Kross--with Kross and Styles getting the better pops. He's interrupted by Kevin Owens, who wasn't name-dropped, and comes out on a mic, visibly in a pouty mood. Rut roh. Owens lays into McIntyre, calling him comical and asking him if he thinks this is Medieval Times. He states McIntyre's delusional if he thinks he's been carrying others weight, and calls Drew "a real dumbass. I think you don't know who the hell you are but me? I've been the same person my entire 22 year career...I am Kevin Owens and I am as real as it gets int his business!" The crowd pops for that. He then lays into Drew for forgetting what KO's about, then takes responsibility that he's been having fun the last couple of years instead of taking things seriously.
"But then something dawned on me earlier today...I realized that this is the very same arena where at Battleground, Sami Zayn and I had the fight of our live and left everything we had in that ring." He praises the match that people still talk about six years later, and acknowledges that a side of himself (Owens) has been missing for years. He misses the old Kevin Owens "and I think it's time o bring back the Kevin Owens that people called the prize fighter! And Drew, I haven't held a title in WWE for five long years but enough is enough and it's time for a change! So now I am coming after everything, every single champion is a target! The US champion, the Intercontinental Champion, the tag team champion! And Drew, I don't give a damn (who's the champ after Cardiff)...because I'm coming after the biggest prize of them all!" Drew takes exception to this, angrily yelling that he, too, was the "chosen one" fifteen years ago--but then he got fired and had to go work his ass off. Drew warns Owens not to dare look him in the eye and "pull that BS again." He's angry, and fiercely points out the path he's taken back to the spotlight. He tells KO they're "wrestlers in a wrestling ring so let's just freakin' wrestling!" KO states "you're no prize but you're on!" We head to break!
After a break, we return and find this match is, indeed, official. Commentary criticize McIntyre's decision to fight such an aggressive competitor this close to his upcoming title match with Roman Reigns. KO takes control early on and keeps it for the bulk of the match, pummeling Drew around the ring early and often. The crowd is soft, but shows both superstars some love throughout. McIntyre attempts to rally twice, failing to string any offense together. McIntyre looks for an apron-posted Superplex to the outside but Owens counters and shoves McIntyre into the ring post before flattening him with a running apron dive! We head to a second break with Owens still completely dominating the number one contender. When we return, KO's still in control but as we approach ten minutes in, McIntyre starts to finally chain a few moves in together. Owens again shuts down the Scottish Psychopath, this time with a spike DDT for a close cover. McIntyre starts his comeback, finally, as we try to build towards our end. A Glasgow Kiss opens up Owens, and McIntyre gets his knees up to block a Senton! McIntyre looks for a Future Shock but settles for a snap slam, covering for two. Jimmy Smith's crowd is apparently more livelier than we realize based on his praise for them. Owens and McIntyre jockey for control in the corner as McIntyre hints at a Superplex off the top turnbuckle.
Owens smacks McIntyre's thigh, knocking his legs out from under him and crotching him on the ropes. Owens with some rights and lefts to drop McIntyre into a Tree of Woe; McIntyre powers up to attempt to choke Owens! Owens avoids it and hits a Cannonball for the second time tonight to McIntyre, then connects with a Frog Splash for the near fall! Owens climbs up top and hits another Frog Splash! Owens covers again and gets two; the crowd chants "this is awesome" as we're a dozen minutes in and it's been almost nothing-but-Owens all night! Owens looks to dig deep and climbs the ropes once more, all the way to the top turnbuckle. Owens is too slow, however, allowing McIntyre to kip-up and battle Owens in the corner! McIntyre looks for a middle-rope Superplex but Owens blocks it; McIntyre pivots to a middle-rope White Noise for a close fall! Owens and McIntyre exchange blows; a Stunner is blocked with a Glasgow Kiss from McIntyre, which is immediately answered with a Superkick from Owens and both men are down! Both men are up again and slug it out, the crowd cheering them on. The rights pick up speed and the crowd's finally coming alive, fans rising toe their feet as both superstars continue to rapid-fire rights! Owens look for the Pop-up Sit-Out Powerbomb but McIntyre counters with a botched Future Shock DDT! McIntyre posts up for a Claymore but the Usos attack!
Your Winner by Disqualification, Drew McIntyre!
Drew takes a beating, briefly, before he starts to fight off the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions! Jey's sent to the outside, then Jimmy! Drew turns and eats a Stunner from Owens! Owens yells at the Usos, "tell your Tribal Chief he owes me one!" Owens rolls out of the ring and the Usos stand over a fallen McIntyre, posing in the "We the Ones" style. They size him up for a 1D but Drew hits a Glasgow Kiss headbutt on Jimmy Uso! Drew with a speedy Claymore to Jey Uso! The Usos flee and Drew tells the Usos to tell their boss that he'll see Roman on Friday Night SmackDown!
We see Riddle in the back as he's mic'd up for his interview/address. Seth Rollins makes his way out, dressed as only Seth can, and dances to the ring as the crowd sings his theme. We head to break ahead of this address from Riddle and, apparently, Rollins, too! When we return, Rollins cuts a promo on Riddle. Eventually Riddle's shown on screen, from his mom's basement. Riddle wants to address his medical condition and Rollins continues to insult him. Riddle then reveals that 1) he's medically cleared, 2) he's not in his mom's basement because 3) he's backstage and wants to kick Rollins' ass! Riddle hauls ass tot he ring and the two begin to brawl at the ringside area! Sadly, Rollins takes the upper hand and sends Riddle into the desk face first. Rollins clears the commentary table and looks to hit the Stomp on Riddle through the table. Riddle dodges it and hits a rising knee to Rollins' jaw! Rollins tumbles into the crowd and Riddle pursues, chasing him up the steps as the crowd goes wild! Riddle chases Rollins to the back and we end our segment!
The trend of promoting our mid-card titles as top-titles continues, with a great video package hyping the history of the US title and the upcoming first-ever singles match between Styles & Lashley.
Corey Graves repeatedly refers to the band The Darkness, known for their hit 15-20 years ago called "(I Believe in) A Thing Called Love." Oh, the match, you'd like to know about that? Veer destroyed poor young Keller in seconds, but took about a minute and a half to stretch it out, winning with the cervical clutch submission instantly once he applied it. It may be Beau, Beaux, Beux--whatever the local talent's first name, he's dead now after that squash.
Your Winner by Submission, Veer Mahaan!
We get a lot of build-up to this as the commentary team attempts to give the first singles-match in these two veterans' careers a big-fight feel. The crowd opens us with a lengthy dueling chant as both men are shown a lot of love as they size each other up. Styles takes an early lead, taking the action outside where he wipes out Lashley and we go to break! We return and both TNA veterans continue the back-and-forth, with the champion controlling things a bit more. The Miz & Ciampa at some point join the ringside area, with the Miz sticking around to taunt AJ Styles. Lashley takes a commanding stretch of offense and sends Styles outside and, as commentary points out, seems content to win by count-out. Graves praises the tactic as the Miz once again taunts Styles. Suddenly, from out of nowhere, an unknown individual attempts to jump the barricade behind commentary and is restrained as the Miz looks on and we go to break. When we return, it's confirmed that once again it's Dexter Lumis who attempted to "make his mark" on Raw. Lashley hits a big spinebuster on Styles in the ring after he hits a spear on the Miz during the break that leads to the Miz and Ciampa's ejection from the ringside area.
The championship bout continues as the veteran Styles finally takes his first lengthy stretch of offense. Styles uses a flying forearm to the outside and follows it up with his Phenomenal Combination in the ring before dropping the champ with a sliding forearm smash! The challenger's back is of question as he clearly is in pain and commentary points it out. Styles with a smashing forearm; Styles looks to hoist up Lashley for an Ushi Garoshi but his back gives out on him. Styles looks for a close-distance Phenomenal Forearm but the lack of range drastically reduces the impact of it, allowing Lashley to kick out at one. Lashley hoists Styles up and rams him into the corner, then throws shoulders into the challenger's gut. Styles attempts to charge out of the corner but Lashley catches him and hits a running Powerslam for a close call. Lashley looks for a corner move but Styles wiggles free and hits a back drop for a close cover of his own. In the move, however, Styles' back gives out and he cant fire off the Rack Bomb he attempted. Styles looks for a Styles Clash but the champ wiggles free and drops Styles with a back drop.
Lashley sizes up Styles but grows impatient, hoisting the challenger up. Lashley pulls Styles up on his shoulder and hits a rolling side cutter-bomb for a close cover. Lashley takes it outside and rams Styles' face into the ring post and signals for one more, but instead takes it back into the ring as the ref counts to seven. Lashley posts up for a Spear and charges right into a kick to the thigh! Styles rolls through and slaps on a Calf Crusher int he middle of the ring! Lashley groans in pain and Styles wrenches on the leg, pulling Lashley's left calf back at an almost inhuman angle! Lashley twists beneath Styles and converts it into a prone Hurt Lock! The crowd's waking up as we're 21 minutes into this match! Styles rolls back, forcing Lashley to break the Hurt Lock lest he be pinned. The crowd with a "this is awesome" chant as Styles rocks the champ! Styles fires off a Phenomenal Forearm but Lashley moves; Styles adjusts, lands on his feet, rebounds off the ropes and runs right into a Spear from the champ! Lashley covers and picks up the win!
Your Winner and STILL United States Champion, Bobby Lashley!
Our sixth match is up after this word from our sponsors! Dakota Kai is rooted on by Iyo Sky and Bayley throughout the match, with the trio often taking time to taunt and humiliate Brooke as Kai takes the lead right out of the gate. Brooke gets a few moments of offense in, mostly centered around a half dozen strikes and two clotheslines, until Kai--who Graves praises, referring to her "mentally unstable" gimmick from NXT days--can hit a boot to the face to put away Brooke relatively easy.
Your Winner, Dakota Kai!
Ziggler and Theory get their entrances and we're finally under way. Theory starts us off with a wicked right so hard it rocks Ziggler, audibly, and leads Saxton and Graves to question if Ziggler has all his teeth. John Cena Theory starts up a stretch of ruthless aggression as he takes Ziggler into the corner, face-first, right into the turnbuckle. Theory chokes Ziggler, yells at him and viciously sends Ziggler's right shoulder hard into the ring post. The ref checks on Ziggler off-camera, briefly, then Theory rips Ziggler over into the ring and attempts ac over. Theory uses the ropes to great effect, choking Ziggler as the ref warns him repeatedly. Theory slows the pace, talking smack off-mic, often being heard taunting Ziggler about his age and stamina. Ziggler angrily fires back a pop-up spoke DDT to lay out Theory and both men are down briefly! Ziggler finally takes a stretch in control, taking it outside and smashing Theory's face into the apron. The action spills back into the ring and Ziggler stalks Theory before taking the action into the corner The veteran unloads on the youngster before attempting a top-rope Superplex. The two battle for control on the ropes; Theory throws rights into Ziggler's gut to gain separation and knocks the veteran down to the mat with a big right before yelling "shut up" at the crowd.
Ziggler pops up and runs, botching his footing on the rope but still recovering in time to grab Theory and yank him off the top! Ziggler lands hard and awkwardly on his right knee--unsure if the injury was from the botched leap onto the ropes prior to the move's execution or the impact afterwards, and we head a break just three minutes after returning from our last! We return to find Theory still in control. Theory hits a beautiful rolling pop-up dropkick that rocks Ziggler, then sends him shoulder and neck-first into the ring post for the third or fourth time tonight! Theory looks for a suplex but Ziggler floats over and counters a charge with a back elbow. Theory charges in a second time, and eats a Big Boot; a third charge yields a clothesline and Ziggler shifts into high gear as he starts his comeback sequence! Ziggler with a series of clotheslines followed by corner punches to a count of ten! Ziggler with a neckbreaker and a leaping elbow drop for a close cover of his own. We're reminded by Byron Saxton that Theory's been more aggressive as of late, and Ziggler's made it his personal mission to humble the cocky superstar.
Theory with a clubbing forearm to Ziggler's back as Dolph climbs the ropes; Theory with a spinning Powerbomb for a cover and picks up a two, showing frustration as the crowd begins to loudly heckle him. Theory yells back at the crowd and sizes up Dolph for his springboard signature. Theory springboards through the ropes, rolls--and pops up right into a Famouser from Ziggler! Ziggler covers for two! Impressive counter! Both men are up and we begin building towards our finish as they start slow, exchanging rights. The crowd cheers and boos them on as both men pick up the pace. Dolph takes the first lead, followed by Theory, then Ziggler again! Ziggler looks for the Zig-Zag but Theory ducks under and nearly decapitates Ziggler with a hell of a clothesline! Theory calls for the A-Town Down and hoists Ziggler up. Ziggler fights it with elbows and rolls over, rolling up Theory for two! Theory reverses their position for a counter roll up of two. Ziggler pops up and hits a Zig-Zag outta nowhere for a close cover! Theory just gets the arm up! The crowd's on its feet, as tired as they may be, shocked that this match is still going! Both men start firing off signatures, with Ziggler looking for a Superkick; Ziggler looks for another Famouser but Theory counters with an A-Town Down outta nowhere, picking up the win and pissing off the crowd after an exciting contest! Theory takes selfies with the downed veteran after the match.
Your Winner, Theory!
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