The latest episode of WWE Monday Night Raw aired on the USA Network. Here’s what’s happened:
11:00 – The show ends with Owens rolling around in pain on the floor and Balor holding the briefcase above the ring.
10:57 – Balor wins by disqualification after Owens refuses to stop when the referee told him to. Angered, Owens tries to hit Balor with a Frog Splash, but he gets cold feet after taking out a ladder, and gives Balor enough chance to recover. Balor climbs the ladder and performs a Coup de Grace on Owens and then climbs the ladder again to grab the Money in the Bank briefcase.
10:50 – Owens takes command early on, dropping Balor with a shoulder and going for a 1 count, but Balor bounces back and nails Owens with a basement dropkick. Balor goes to the top rope for the Coup de Grace but Owens rolls on the floor to avoid it. Balor keeps control and drops Owens again for a 2 count, and Owens counters with a 2 count of his own.
Finn Balor v Kevin Owens
10:38 – We go to the stage and Big Show is standing with representatives from the Special Olympics. Show talks about the 2018 Special Olympic USA Games that will take place next month and says that he’s proud to stand with them. Show’s music starts to play, but its cut off by Finn Balor’s music as Balor heads towards the ring.
10:34 – Kurt Angle is watching backstage with Baron Corbin. Corbin asks if he’s going to stand for that and Angle says it’s none of his business. Corbin then reminds Angle of his new role and says that a Superstar inserting themselves into a match is not allowed. Corbin tells Angle to go and tell the winners that they didn’t really win.
10:30 – Bayley, Banks and Moon win. Bayley enters the ring and unloads on Sarah Logan for the win.
10:17 – We return to the ring as Alexa Bliss makes her way out. Sasha Banks follows, and so does Ember Moon. Then comes The Riott Squad, who is made up of Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan and Ruby Riott. After a raucous start to the match, Bliss falls and lands badly on her leg. She goes to the floor to sell the injury. The referees declare it a Handicap Match. Morgan tries to keep Banks down but she blocks Morgan and sends her to the floor. Banks reaches for a tag and there’s no one there, but then Bayley suddenly comes to the ring.
Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks and Ember Moon vs. The Riott Squad
10:14 – Charly Caruso interviews Jinder Mahal and Sunil Singh backstage. Caruso asks why they hate Roman Reigns, and Mahal says its because Reigns is jealous and bitter. He then says that something is in the air, and that Reigns will soon discover that a storm is coming. We then cut to Renee Young, who is interviewing Reigns.
The Big Dog responds to Mahal by saying he must have forgotten who he is and what he’s done. Reigns mocks Mahal’s resume and says he’s done nothing around here lately. The two get increasingly agitated, and they approach each other backstage. Reigns quickly drops Singh and begins to brawl with Mahal before officials break it up.
10:06 – Zayn eventually calls out to Lashley from the crowd. He says that he refuses to get in the ring with him because the last time he did, Lashley injured his hand. Instead, Zayn takes out his phone and starts mocking some of Lashley’s recent motivational posts on Instagram. Zayn then questions whether Lashley was really in the military, and the crowd chants USA as the two wrestlers stare each other down. We cut to commercial.
10:03 – Bobby Lashley comes out to the ring. He says Sami Zayn has been talking a lot about him lately, but that where he comes from, they do things differently. He proceeds to call Zayn to the ring and say what he has to say to his face. Zayn doesn’t come out.
Bobby says Sami Zayn has been talking a lot about him lately but where he comes from they do things differently. Lashley calls Sami to the ring to come and say what he has to say to his face. The music hits and Lashley waits but there’s no sign of Sami.
10:00 – The B-Team wins. They are now the number one contender against Wyatt and Hardy.
9:50 – Several tag teams are waiting in the ring. JoJo announces that the winners of the match will earn a match with RAW Tag Team Champions Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy at Money In the Bank. Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre try to find a safe place ring in the corner as the match breaks out, but they are the first team to be eliminated. Titus Worldwide is the next to be eliminated, followed by The Ascension and Breezango. A tense showdown between The Revival, Rhyno and The B-Team ensues.
The Revival v Heath Slater & Rhyno v Breezango v Titus Worldwide v The B-Team v Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler v The Ascension
9:42 – We got back to the ring where Renee Young is standing with RAW Tag Team Champions Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy as Renee Young introduces them. Young asks them how they feel about defending their title, and Wyatt says any team who has the audacity to face them should understand they’re facing “Woken Warriors” and “Fireflies”, not just men. Hardy asks Young if she is also woke, and she says yes. Wyatt warns that the team who wins tonight will suffer first and then they will be “deleted” before going to commercial.
9:38 – Ronda Rousey is in the trainer’s room with Natalya as she ices her leg. Natalya reveals that she’s on crutches now. Nia Jax enters the room and apologizes, asking if Natalya will be able to compete at Money in the Bank. Rousey gets agitated, but Jax says that she’s just as much a friend to Natalya as Rousey is. Things get heated, and the two exchange a few more words before Natalya cuts them off.
9:30 – Charly Caruso interviews Kevin Owens backstage. He asks Owens how he feels about facing Finn Balor, and Owens says that he doesn’t care about any of the other Money in the Bank competitors. He mocks Balor for being “too sweet.” Caruso reminds Owens that he interfered with Balor’s match against Strowman last week, but Owens ignores that, saying that tonight he will remind Balor that he’s nothing more than an Irish myth.
9:28 – Strowman wins. He scoops Roode up for a running powerslam.
9:22 – Strowman charges at Roode but misses and ends up running into the steel ring post. Roode takes out a ladder and hides behind it, taunting Strowman, before the latter smashes the ladder to pieces and launches him into the barrier. Braun tosses Roode back into the ring to finish him off.
Bobby Roode v Braun Strowman
9:10 – Renee Young interviews Bobby Roode about his appearance at the upcoming Money in the Bank. Roode says he thrives in the spotlight and is excited about climbing the latter to make history. Young asks about Roode’s match against Braun Strowman, and the wrestler immediately grows uncomfortable. Roode says he will try to use every trick he has and hopefully it’ll be enough to defeat Strowman.
9:05 – Nia Jax wins.The referee and Rousey help Natalya out of the ring.
9:00 – Jax and Natalya lock up immediately, but Jax overpowers and sends Natalya to the mat. Natalya gets up and goes for a clothesline but it barely does anything, and Jax sends Natalya to the floor again. Natalya complains about a knee injury and the referee checks on her. Rousey leaves the commentary desk and goes to the ring to check on Natalya as well. Jax approaches Natalya and asks if she’s alright. Rousey turns towards Jax and tells her to leave.
Nia Jax v Natalya
8:55 – Ronda Rousey comes out and joins the announcers for commentary. RAW Woman’s Champion Nia Jax enters the ring, followed shortly by her challenger, Natalya.
8:50 – Corbin enters Kurt Angle’s office and tells him that he has something important to tell him. He says he’s tired of being overlooked and says he went directly to WWE headquarters and spoke with RAW commissioner Stephanie McMahon. Corbin hands Angle a letter from McMahon that says she is implementing a new checks and balances system, and that Corbin is the new constable of RAW. Angle is visibly angered.
8:48 – We see Nia Jax and Natalya preparing for their match backstage.
8:47 – Harden wins by disqualification. Hawkins earns his 200th loss, and goes to ringside but Corbin is waiting at the taco table for him. Corbin decks up him with a fist full of tacos and flips the table over on him. Corbin leaves the arena as Hawkins tries to recover.
8:45 – Corbin enters the ring, smiles at both Hawkins and Harden, and then hits Harden with the End of Days. The referee calls for the bell and orders Corbin to exit the ring.
8:40 – Hawkins hits Harden with an early cheap shot, but then the latter is able to hit back with enough force to get out of the corner. Hawkins recovers, and starts pummeling Harden, but the music interrupts and Baron Corbin enters.
James Harden v Curt Hawkins
8:34 – We return from a commercial break to find Curt Hawkins in the ring with an enhancement talent. There’s a table set up at ringside with tacos, and Hawkins says he’s at 199 losses right now, but he won’t make it to 200 as he’s about to pick up a win. He tells the audience that when he wins, everyone in the arena will get a taco. Hawkins briefly interviews his opponent, Houston Rockets basketball player James Harden, and then they begin their match.
8:30 – Elias & Mahal win. Elias finishes Rollins off with a perfectly executed Drift Away. Reigns and Rollins try to recover in the ring as Elias and Mahal stand triumphant, watching the replays on the big screen.
8:25 – Rollins starts things off by taking Mahal while Reigns takes Elias. After a few brutal exchanges both in the ring and on the floor, Reigns briefly takes control and manages to drop Elias with a boot, but Mahal overpowers the former, and winds up tossing him into the steel steps. Rollins attempts to chase Mahal but Elias keep the momentum on their side with a DDT on top of the steel chair.
Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins v Elias & Jinder Mahal
8:10 – Mahal quickly drops Rollins and he and Elias begin to double team him, but Mahal’s music cuts off and out comes Roman Reigns. The Big Dog takes an early beating, but he recovers and help Rollins up. Before they can resume their match, however, RAW general manager Kurt Angle comes out. Angle announces that a tag team match will happen right now.
8:05 – Rollins makes his way to the ring as commentators Michael Cole and Corey Graves welcome us to Monday Night Raw. Rollins pulls a steel chair out from under the ring and enter the ring to corner Elias. Elias swings at him with his guitar and misses, but before Rollins can capitalize on the mistake, Jinder Mahal and Sunil Singh show up.
8:00 – Elias opens the episode in the ring. Elias plays his guitar and addresses WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins, saying that he’s going to strip Rollins of the title at Money in the Bank. The music interrupts Elias in the midst of his rant and Rollins comes out.