The latest episode of Monday Night RAW aired on the USA Network. Here’s what happened:
11:15 – Reigns shows up and hits a Superman Punch, but Strowman responds by slamming him into the LED board. Reigns then picks Strowman up and hits a brutal Samoan drop. The episode ends with Reigns posing on the stage.
11:10 – Strowman comes out after the break and calls out Reigns. He calls Reigns a coward when he doesn’t show up.
11:05 – Balor wins. Afterwards, Cole tells Young not to cheer for Balor after his win and she admits she needs to call things down the middle.
11:00 – Elias puts up a good fight initially, but Finn Balor keeps from hitting the Coup de Grace. He rolls up Elias and manages a surprising pinfall and the win.
Elias vs Finn Balor
10:50 – Elias calls Foley a broken man who has been singing the same sad song for 20 years. Foley says that getting chokeslammed through the roof of the cell made him feel more alive than he has ever felt before. He announces that he will be the special guest ref for Reigns vs Strowman at Hell in a Cell. He also says that Stephanie McMahon gave him the power to make one match tonight, so he is booking Elias vs Finn Balor.
10:38 – Natalya and Rousey win. Elias comes out after the break and toys with the crowd before preparing to sing. As he is about to sing, though, Mick Foley’s music interrupts him and Foley comes out.
10:30 – Bliss and James are the aggressors, and they surprisingly manage a one count on Rousey. Bliss grabs Rousey’s foot and arm for a stretch submission, but Rousey manages to fight her way out and make Bliss pay. She grabs James by the arm and hits a dropkick before locking Bliss into an armbar.
Natalya & Ronda Rousey vs Alexa Bliss & Mickie James
10:05 – The Ascension wins. A quick match. Roode ducks a punch from Viktor and Gable makes the tag. Gable then hits Viktor with the rolling German suplex for the win.
The Ascension vs. Konnor and Viktor
9:50 -Owens attacks Breeze while he is posing on the apron. He powerbombs him into the side of the ring, before grabbing the mic and saying that Corbin begged him to come back after he quit. He says he can now do whatever he wants.
9:40 – Rollins and Ambrose use a local sheriff to threaten Baron Corbin for filing a false police report last week. Back in the arena, Kevin Owens prepares to face Tyler Breeze.
9:30 – McIntyre and Ziggler win. After their victory, Ambrose and Rollins come out of nowhere to attack them.
9:25 – B-Team clearly have something to prove, and set about dismantling their opponents. Dallas goes after Ziggler with everything he has and almost manages to pin him at one point. McIntyre and Ziggler manage to turn the tables, however, and take out both Axel and Dallas with their finisher.
Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler vs B-Team
9:00 – Triple H enters the ring and starts talking about a poll on WWE.com that showed 81% of fans think the Undertaker will win their match. He says things like that don’t bother people at his level, but Shawn Michaels got under Taker’s skin last week. H vows to put the Undertaker down for good.
8:48 – Authors of Pain win. We cut to outside the arena, where a limo pulls up and Triple H steps out before going to commercial.
8:45 – After one of the Two Victims gets demolished by Rezar, his partner tries to leave and Akam catches up to him. Akam slams him down and tags Rezar so they can hit the Super Collider.
The Authors of Pain vs Two Victims
8:38 – Nikki wins. Afterwards, Big Show in the ring with several children to help support Connor’s Cure. He introduces them with wrestling nicknames and urges the audience to support them.
8:35 – Riott takes a ferocious lead, hitting Nikki with a knee to the face and taunting her before picking her up and applying a spinebuster. Quite suddenly, however, Nikki manages to bounce back and lay a few brutal hits on Riott. Despite Liv Morgan’s attempted interfere, Nikki manages to drop Riott with a Rack Attack 2.0.
Nikki vs Ruby Riott
8:20 – We come back from commercial break to see the Shield arguing with the cops. Baron Corbin walks in and tells them to put down the weapons so they don’t get arrested. The trio agree to the terms and walk away. We then cut back to the ring, where Nikki prepares for her match against Ruby Riott.
8:15 – The Shield, made up of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, walk through the crowd and start fighting everyone at ringside. They take out several RAW Superstars, forcing the Dogs of War to retreat up the ramp.
8:08 – Strowman calls the massive group the Dogs of War and Ziggler compliments the men at ringside for standing up to the Shield on last week’s show. The Shield’s music hits and they appear in the crowd.
8:03 – The episode starts with Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre coming to the ring with the rest of the RAW heels as their backup.
The biggest storyline tonight is between the women of RAW. Champion Ronda Rousey will stand alongside her friend and training partner Natalya and battle former champ Alexa Bliss and her ally Alicia Fox in a tag team match.
Things haven’t gone so well for Bliss since losing her title. Rousey made her submit after placing her in a brutal Armbar, and if she can muster enough to hold her own tonight, Bliss may have a fighting chance to take Rousey down at Hell In the Cell.
Then there’s the drama surrounding the Shield. The super trio now have to face an army of menacing Superstars who have made it their goal to take the Hounds of Justice down once and for all. This, in addition to the ongoing feud the Shield has with Braun Strowman and RAW Tag Team Champions Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre.
Last week, Universal Champion Roman Reigns, Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose were arrested and charged with criminal damage, disorderly conduct, and inciting a riot. The Shield are expected to make their return tonight, after being ambushed, and you can bet that they’ll be on the look-out for any possible attacks that may come their way. Expect a tense episode as far as this potent trio are concerned.
On a less threatening note, WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley returns to RAW to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his iconic Hell In a Cell Match against The Undertaker at King of the Ring 1998. Foley will head to center ring and wax poetic on the match, as well as impart words of wisdom to those who are preparing to fight at the upcoming Hell In a Cell. Who knows, maybe Reigns or Rollins will sidle up to the Hall of Famer for some advice on how to come out on top.
More Hall of Fame news will come via Shawn Michaels. Michaels came to RAW last week and predicted a win for Triple H in The Game’s final battle against The Undertaker at WWE Super Show-Down in Australia. Triple H will address The Undertaker’s comments that he’s washed up tonight, in what it sure to be a thrilling experience for all involved.