The latest episode of Monday Night RAW is currently airing on the USA Network. Here’s what’s happened so far:
11:15 – Rollins said he waited to show up until Ziggler signed the contract because he was afraid Ziggler might refuse after what he had to say. Rollins says that Dean Ambrose will be in his corner at SummerSlam. Ambrose takes out Ziggler before Rollins hits a superkick on McIntyre. The show ends.
11:10 – As Ziggler and McIntyre continue to tell the crowd how awesome they are, Rollins finally makes his appearance.
11:05 – Backstage, Constable Corbin said the IC title match for SummerSlam will be cancelled if Seth Rollins doesn’t reach the arena in time. Angle goes to the ring and announces that Reigns was cleared by the medical team after tonight’s attack, but that Lesnar is the worst champion ever. but calls Lesnar the worst champion ever. He then announces Rollins, but no one appears.
11:00 – Riott wins. Bayley took out Morgan but the damage was done and Banks was distracted, enabling Riott to get the pinfall.
10:50 – Riott takes control early but Banks is able to catch her in a tough hold catches her in a hold. Riott is thrown off guard, but she manages to throw Banks into the steel steps. Banks hit a big suicide dive but Liv Morgan shows up and interferes with her.
Sasha Banks vs. Ruby Riott
10:30 – Worldwide & Roode win. The announcers continue to talk about what just happened to Reigns.
10:25 – Quick and concise match. Roodey takes out Mojo with an elbow and then hits the Glorious DDT for the quick win.
The Author’s of Pain & Mojo Rawley vs. Titus Worldwide & Bobby Roode
10:10 – Lesnar appears out of nowhere and attacks Reigns. He holds on the Kimura lock until Reigns is passed out. Reigns sits up as Lesnar is leaving, and the latter goes back to take out Reigns a second time.
10:05 – Reigns says there’s no hope left for Heyman. Heyman then speaks to Reigns in Samoan, and the wrestler responds by smacking him in the face.
10:00 – Roman Reigns comes out and talks about beating Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. Paul Heyman came out and said he’ll help Reigns by giving him some secret tips. He wants to be on Reigns’ corner come the PPV event. He asks to let Reigns manage him.
9:55 – The B-Team wins. They retain their tag-team titles.
9:50 – This is a ferocious battle. All three tag-teams are in top form, but the B-Team manage to let the Revival and the Destroyers of Worlds tire themselves out first. The Revival and the Destroyers, but the B-Team breaks the pin at the last minutes and steals away the victory.
The B-Team vs. The Destroyers of Worlds vs. The Revial
9:34 – Backstage, the B-Team discuss their chances of winning against the Destroyers of Worlds. They rile each other up and head out to the ring for their match.
9:29 – Bobby Lashley shows up to face Ricky Roberts. While he’s preparing for the match, Roberts breaks a guitar on the back of his head. Lashley retaliates by hitting him with a huge slam.
9:25 – Local musician Ricky Roberts introduces Elias to the crowd. Elias plugs his merchandise and asks Roberts to defeat Bobby Lashley in the WWE ring to prove he can be like Elias.
9:18 – Backstage, Angle is trying to reach Rollins for the SummerSlam title match contract signing. Ziggler and McIntyre say they want to take a look at the contract.
9:15 – Balor & Strowman win. As they celebrate, Corbin comes in and hits Balor with the End of Days.
9:10 – Mahal takes control early, and gets Balor in a hold lock before tagging Owens in. Owens mocks Strowman, but the big man scares him into tagging Mahal back in. Strowman then hits a running powerbomb and gets Mahal down for good.
Finn Balor & Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens & Jinder Mahal
8:55 – Angle comes out to add that Balor will have a partner in the match: Braun Strowman.
8:50 – Corbin wins. He pins Breeze for the victory. After the match, Corbin announces that Finn Balor will face Jinder Mahal and Kevin Owens in a handicap match.
8:48 – Breeze hit a basement drop kick, but Corbin manages to recover and drove him into the barricades and out of the ring. The constable returns to the ring and hit a brutal Deep Six.
Baron Corbin vs. Tyler Breeze
8:38 – Backstage, RAW general manager Kurt Angle and Constable Corbin argue about an upcoming match. Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre walk up and ask about their match against Seth Rollins, which was changed to a handicapped match.
8:35 – Moon wins. Rousey and Fox distract Bliss from the outside of the ring, but the latter goes a step too far and interrupts a pin, earning Bliss a disqualification. The win automatically goes to Moon.
8:30 – Bliss tries to gain the upper hand early on but Moon catches her by the arm and tosses her outside the ring. She then drags Bliss by the foot to the middle of the ring and locks in the choke hold. Bliss gets out of it by smacking Moon with a drop kick.
Alexa Bliss vs. Ember Moon
8:10 – Alexa Bliss comes out after RAW and starts ranting about Rousey. She says she talked to the only authority figure “that matters”, Constable Baron Corbin. Bliss then has security escort her in the ring. She provokes Ember Moon from behind, which causes Rousey to get hostile and Bliss momentarily retreats.
8:05 – Ronda Rousey opens the show by talking about Natalya’s father Jim Neidhart, who just passed away. She pays tribute to the WWE legend. After that, she vows to become RAW Women’s Champion at SummerSlam, and announces that Ember Moon will replace Natalya.
With only six days to go until SummerSlam 2018, the feuds are heating up. The animosity between RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss and ferocious challenger Ronda Rousey has been brewing over the past few weeks, and things came to a head last episode when Rousey– competing for the very first time on RAW– subjected Bliss’ ally Alicia Fox to a brutal Armbar. Its clear that she’s got even worse in store for Bliss at SummerSlam.
Bliss told WWE.com that she’s not afraid of Rousey, and claims that when she gets in the ring, the crowd at SummerSlam will see Rousey as “nothing but an overhyped rookie.” Expect to see Bliss and Rousey exchange some harsh words tonight, and further establish the stakes as they head into PPV territory.
The other rivalry headed into SummerSlam is between Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins, who will be competing for the Intercontinental Championship. Rollins is essentially facing Ziggler and Ziggler’s right-hand man Drew McIntyre, however, and based on the beating he took last week, those odds may prove too difficult to overcome.
On tonight’s episode, Rollins will meet Ziggler (and presumably McIntyre) for the contract signing that will make their title match official. The odds are high that there could be a squabble tonight, even if it has to be broken up by RAW general manager Kurt Angle and Constable Baron Corbin.
The power struggle between Braun Strowman and Kevin Owens also continues tonight. After he stole Strowman’s Money In the Bank contract, and caused Jinder Mahal to take a beating, Owens can officially say that he’s gotten under the skin of the “Monster Among Men.” The two are slated for a match at SummerSlam, and if Strowman loses in any away, whether it be by pinfall or disqualification, Owens will strip him of the Money In the Bank contract. We’ll likely see Owens try to determine how he can outsmart Strowman on tonight’s episode.
The B-Team have been on a career high since stripping the Raw Tag Team Titles from Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy at Extreme Rules 2018. Wyatt and Hardy clearly have a score to settle, but they aren’t the only ones, as the Revival have made it clear that they intend to dominate both squads in pursuit of the title.
All three teams will collide tonight for the Triple Threat Match for the Raw Tag Team Championship. Will the B-Team be able to keep their hot streak going, or will the Revival pull the biggest upset of the night heading into SummerSlam?
In addition to these matches, an unaired moment from last week showed Paul Heyman hinting at the the idea that Roman Reigns may be able to defeat Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. It’s unclear why he stopped himself from revealing how Reigns could win, but keep an eye out for more developments between Heyman and Lesnar.