Welcome to Fightful's live coverage and discussion for Monday Night WWE Raw!!
Join us for live coverage, and comment on our boards below, or our forums by registering for FREE at fightful.com.
Here is the Fightful post-Raw podcast:
- Raw GM Kurt Angle makes his way to the ring for the major announcements, Angle reminds everybody that Ronda Rousey and Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax will have their contract signing tonight. Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon interrupts and makes her way to the ring, McMahon says everything with her, Angle, Triple H and Rousey is water under the bridge. McMahon says she will preside over the Rousey/Jax contract signing tonight instead of Angle, McMahon says Angle has been giving Roman Reigns too much latitude and that brings Reigns out. Reigns demands that McMahon tell him what she has to say to his face, Reigns then threatens to take out Stephanie’s favorite competitors backstage.
Reigns claims that McMahon wants him nowhere near the WWE Universal Title or the Money In The Bank Contract, Kevin Owens interrupts and he thanks Owens for taking out Mahal, which allowed him to qualify for winning the Money In The Bank Match. Owens says McMahon is right to say that she doesn’t play favorites, Owens puts a hand on McMahon shoulder and McMahon doesn’t like that. McMahon says that Reigns will face Owens right now.
Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens
The match is joined in progress and we see Reigns backing Owens into the corner before letting him go free, Owens would then apply a headlock to Reigns. Reigns gets free and he knocks Owens out of the ring with a shoulder tackle, Owens gets back in the ring and Reigns attacks him with a plethora of strikes. Owens fights back and Reigns catches him with some more strikes, Reigns mounts Owens in the corner to land more punches. Reigns traps Owens in the other corner before landing a headbutt, Owens catches Reigns with a boot to the face before going to the top rope. Reigns punches Owens off the top rope and that knocks him to the arena floor, Reigns goes out of the ring and he drops Owens with a right. Reigns gets Owens back in the ring and Owens gets right back out, Reigns follows him out there before missing the Drive By and eating a super kick as we go to a commercial break.
We return from the break to see Reigns punching Owens as he was climbing the top rope, Reigns goes to the top rope and Owens knocks him off. Owens gets down and Reigns drops him with a series of clotheslines, Reigns traps Owens in the corner while landing clothesline smashes. Owens avoids a boot from Reigns to hit him with a DDT for a near fall, Reigns recovers and he catches a charging Owens with a Samoan Drop for a near fall. Reigns goes for a superman punch and Owens counters with a roll up followed by a super kick, Owens looks for a cannonball and Reigns lands a superman punch instead for a near fall. Reigns sets up for the spear and Owens rolls out of the ring, Reigns goes out of the ring and he hits Owens with a spear. Jinder Mahal appears to attack Reigns from behind.
Winner: Roman Reigns, by DQ
After the match, Jinder Mahal continues attacking Roman Reigns before getting him back in the ring, Mahal continues attacking Reigns and Owens jumps in on the attack as well. Seth Rollins hits the ring and he takes out both attackers.
The Shield (Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins) vs. Kevin Owens & Jinder Mahal w/Sunil Singh
The match is joined in progress and we see Mahal attacking Rollins with a plethora of strikes, Rollins fights back by catching Mahal with chops before getting dropped with a shoulder block. Rollins recovers and he knocks Mahal out of the ring with a drop kick, Rollins then hits Mahal with a dive before getting him back in the ring. Reigns tags in and he double teams Mahal alongside Rollins, Reigns corners Mahal and catches him with some more strikes. Mahal recovers and drops Reigns with a high elbow strike, Owens tags in and he stomps away on a downed Reigns. Mahal tags back in and he also stomps away on the downed Reigns, Mahal also catches Reigns with some knee drops. Mahal slows things down further by holding Reigns in a chin lock, Owens tags in and he catches a cornered Reigns with more strikes.
Owens also tries slowing things down by holding Reigns in a chin lock, Reigns gets free and he eventually drops Owens with a clothesline. Mahal interferes and Reigns quickly sends him out of the ring, Mahal then grabs Rollins and knocks him to the arena floor so Reigns can’t tag him. Owens then hits Reigns with a cannonball for a near fall as we go to a commercial break, we return from the break to see Owens tag into attack Reigns with a bunch of strikes. Reigns fights back and Owens drops him before landing cross face strikes. Owens reapplies the chin lock to a downed Reigns, Reigns gets free and he drops Owens with a boot to the face. Mahal and Rollins get tagged in by their respective partners, Rollins quickly cleans house against the opposing team.
Rollins quickly knocks Mahal out of the ring and Owens prevents him from doing a dive, Rollins recovers to take out both opponents with suicide dives. Rollins gets Mahal back in the ring before catching him with a blockbuster for a near fall, Singh interferes and that allows Mahal to hit Rollins with a gut buster for a near fall. Mahal looks for his finisher and Rollins catches him with an enzaguri, Owens tags in and Rollins sends him into the corner. Owens recovers to hit Rollins with a gut buster and Vader Bomb for a near fall, Reigns hits the ring to take out Mahal before Owens nails him with a super kick. Rollins hits Owens with a super kick and a curb stomp for a three count.
Winners: The Shield (Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins)
After the match, Jinder Mahal attacks Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns with a steel chair.
- Highlights of Bobby Lashley’s interview with Renee Young from two weeks ago airs.
- Sami Zayn makes his way out to the ring to interview Bobby Lashley’ sisters, Zayn grabs a microphone and he discusses the Renee Young interview with Bobby Lashley. Zayn promises to expose Lashley and the lies that he has told, Zayn then brings out the Lashley Sisters. The sisters turn out to be men in drag, “Cathy” says the Bobby was mean to his sisters and she used a broom to defend herself against him. “Frances” says she carried her helmet to protect herself from Bobby’s head thumping attacks, “Jessica” says that she carried a towel because Bobby hurt her feelings and she cried into the towel. “Frances” says that Bobby’s parents were ashamed of him and sent him off to reform school, “Jessica” says that Bobby was a brat within the community.
Bobby Lashley comes out and he grabs a microphone to mock the men pretending to be his sisters, Zayn threatens to attack Lashley before saying his family considers him to be garbage. Lashley goes after Zayn until the sisters attack Lashley, Zayn joins in on the attack until Lashley takes the sisters out.
- Renee Young interviews Alexa Bliss, who says that Moon’s win over her is ancient history before providing a brief history about Rome.
Ember Moon vs. Alexa Bliss w/Mickie James
The match begins with Moon wrenching away on the arm of Bliss, Bliss shoves Moon to the ground before smashing her head on the mat below. Moon recovers and drops Bliss with a running cross body block, Bliss rolls out of the ring and Moon follows her out there. Moon drops Bliss with a head scissors on the arena floor, James distracts Moon and Bliss sends her into the barricade. Bliss gets Moon back in the ring for a near fall on a pin attempt, Bliss then wrenches away on the injured arm of Moon. Moon fights back and Bliss shoves her shoulder first to the mat as we go to a commercial break, we return from the break to see Bliss stomping away on Moon for a near fall. Bliss then catches Moon with several knee drops to the injured shoulder, Bliss goes back to wrenching away on the arm of Moon.
Moon gets free and she nails Bliss with a side slam followed by a drop kick, Bliss grabs the ring apron to distract Moon so she can kick her in the head. James tries interfering and the referee tells her to go backstage, Moon attacks James and Bliss rolls her up for a near fall. Bliss recovers and wrenches away on Moon’s arm, Moon kicks Bliss in the face and lands the Eclipse from out of nowhere for the three count.
Winner: Ember Moon
- Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon is smelling a rose backstage when Finn Balor and Braun Strowman arrive, Balor says they want a rematch with Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler tonight. McMahon turns them down before making them face each other tonight.
No Way Jose vs. Baron Corbin
The match begins with Jose catching Corbin with a series of strikes, Corbin rolls out of the ring and Jose nails him with a baseball slide drop kick. Jose then hits Corbin with a dive on the arena floor, Corbin shoves Jose away before taking him out with a flying clothesline from the ring apron. Corbin gets Jose back in the ring and he throws him shoulder first into the ring post, Corbin also tries crushing the head of Jose before getting a near fall on a pin attempt. Corbin slows things down more by holding Jose in a chin lock, Jose gets free and he eventually sends Corbin shoulder first into the ring post. Jose catches Corbin with a series of strikes before landing a boot to the face, Jose then drops Corbin with a running forearm strike.
Jose then hits Corbin with a modified flapjack for another near fall, Corbin recovers and he nails Jose with the Deep Six. Corbin then hits Jose with the End Of Days for the three count.
Winner: Baron Corbin
- Raw GM Kurt Angle is checking his phone backstage when Chad Gable arrives, Angle says that he wanted Gable in the Money In The Bank qualifier last week until management made a different choice. Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler arrive to sling some insults at Angle, Gable gets in their face before Angle says they will settle it in the ring tonight.
The B-Team (Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas) vs. Breezango (Tyler Breeze & Fandango)
The match begins with Axel tripping up Breeze before going for the pin, Breeze trips up Axel and does the same to him. Dallas tags in and Breeze trips him up before tagging Fandango in, Fandango catches Dallas in the arm with a top rope elbow strike. Fandango drops Dallas with a few jabs for a near fall, Axel tags in behind Fandango’s back and the B-Team hits him with an elevated neck breaker for the three count.
Winners: The B-Team (Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas)
- Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon is in the ring for the Raw Women’s Title Match contract signing for Money In The Bank. McMahon first brings out Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax, McMahon then brings out Ronda Rousey. Rousey grabs a microphone and has a brief verbal exchange with Stephanie, Rousey mockingly asks McMahon how her arm is. Rousey admits other wrestlers deserve the title shot over her, but Jax challenged her and she’ll take the match. McMahon tries stirring things up between Jax and Rousey before they sign the contract, Jax gets angry and proclaims that she will beat Rousey at Money In The Bank before signing the contract. Rousey signs the contract as well before going face to face with Jax, Rousey grabs the microphone and she offers a handshake. The two shake hands before Rousey says she will take her title and her arm.
Dolph Ziggler w/Drew McIntyre vs. Chad Gable
The match begins with some chain wrestling between both competitors, Gable then catches Ziggler with an arm drag before using a front headlock. Gable drags Ziggler to the mat before getting a near fall on a pin attempt, Ziggler recovers to hit Gable with an elbow strike followed by a drop kick for a near fall. Ziggler slows things down further by holding Gable in the chin lock, Ziggler shoves Gable to the mat below before landing an elbow drop. Ziggler reapplies the chin lock to a downed Gable, Gable fights back and he rolls Ziggler up for a near fall. Ziggler goes for a back suplex and Gable escapes before eating an elbow strike, Ziggler then hits a dazed Gable with a neck breaker. Gable fights back and he catches Ziggler with a few strikes, Gable catches Ziggler with another roll up for a near fall.
Gable sends a charging Ziggler into the ring post before landing a German suplex for a near fall, Ziggler catches Gable with a headbutt from out of nowhere followed by a super kick for a near fall.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler w/Drew McIntyre
After the match, Drew McIntyre hits the ring and he nails Chad Gable with the Claymore.
Money In The Bank Qualifying Match
Natalya vs. Liv Morgan vs. Dana Brooke vs. Sarah Logan
The match begins with Logan and Morgan attacks Brooke and Natalya, Morgan shoves Natalya to the ground before going to the top rope. Morgan nails Natalya with a top rope face buster for a near fall, Brooke tries attacking Logan and Logan drops her. Natalya nails Logan with a snap suplex for a near fall, Morgan goes after Natalya and Natalya drops her before landing a basement drop kick for a near fall. Logan then attacks Natalya to get a near fall on a pin attempt, Brooke attacks Logan and Morgan before eating an enzaguri from Morgan. Morgan and Logan come face to face before deciding to double team Natalya, Brooke drags Morgan out of the ring and they drop each other with clotheslines.
Natalya attacks Logan with some clotheslines and a Russian leg sweep, Natalya attacks an interfering Ruby Riott before eating a double knee strike from Logan. Brooke interferes and Logan sends her into the ring post, Natalya locks Logan in the sharp shooter and a tap out follows.
After the match, Charly Caruso interviews Natalya, who says he experience is her advantage and Ronda Rousey is her training partner. Natalya proclaims she’ll win Money In The Bank while Rousey wins the Raw Women’s Title.
- Elias is in the ring and he wants to know “who wants to walk with Elias?” Elias sings a song and rags on the fans until Bobby Roode interrupts. Elias attacks Roode during his entrance and he assaults him with a bunch of strikes, Elias then stomps away on a cornered Roode before the referee intervenes.
Bobby Roode vs. Elias
The match begins with Roode throwing the robe at Elias before assaulting him with a ton of strikes, Roode traps Elias in the corner before landing more strikes. Elias tries fighting back and Roode nails him with a clothesline, Roode knocks Elias out of the ring as we go to a commercial break. We return from the break to see Elias dropping Roode with a clothesline, Elias then hits a downed Roode with a knee drop for a near fall. Elias then hits Roode with a suplex for a near fall, Elias slows things down by holding Roode in the cobra clutch. Roode gets free and Elias nails him with a knee strike to the midsection, Roode recovers and drops Elias before landing a running forearm strike. Roode then hits Elias with a clothesline followed by a spine buster for a near fall, Roode goes for a Glorious DDT and Elias rolls him up for a near fall.
Roode misses Elias with a leap from the top rope before landing a neck breaker, Roode goes back to the top rope and Elias crotches him. Elias gets Roode off the ropes to land Drift Away for the three count.
After the match, Braun Strowman comes out of nowhere to hit Elias with a shoulder tackle on the entrance ramp.
Braun Strowman vs. Finn Balor
The match begins with Balor attacking Strowman with some forearm strikes, Balor gets Strowman in the corner before landing some leg kicks. Strowman finally gets a hold of Balor to drop him with a single blow, Strowman then nails Balor with a headbutt. Strowman keeps Balor down while landing some more strikes, Balor gets up and Strowman quickly drops him with an Irish whip into the corner. Balor gets up and Strowman knocks him into the corner with a headbutt, Balor recovers and he drop kicks Strowman in the knee a few times. Strowman recovers and he nails a charging Balor with a clothesline for a near fall, Strowman then kicks Balor right out of the ring. Strowman follows Balor out of the ring and he quickly tosses him back in, Strowman picks Balor up before landing a right to the midsection.
Strowman continues picking Balor up while dropping him multiple times with more strikes, Balor recovers to kick a charging Strowman in the face a few times. Balor then nails Strowman with a rope assisted kick to the face, Strowman eats a chop before dropping Balor with a headbutt. Strowman then nails Balor with a boot to the face for a near fall, Balor sends Strowman out of the ring ebfore landing a baseball slide drop kick. Balor looks for the penalty kick and Strowman trips him up before getting back in the ring, Strowman again picks up Balor before dropping him with a single blow. Balor slaps Strowman and Strowman drops him with another strike, Balor rolls out of the ring before dropping a charging Strowman with a Sling Blade. Balor then sends a charging Strowman over the barricade, Strowman gets up and Balor knocks him back over the barricade with a kick to the face.
Balor then nails Strowman with a double stomp from the ring apron, Balor then lands a Coupe De Grace from the barricade on Strowman. Strowman gets back in the ring and he crushes a charging Balor with a shoulder tackle, Strowman goes for an avalanche and he winds up crashing into the ring post. Balor then catches Strowman with a shotgun drop kick, Balor goes to the top rope and Strowman gets him down. Strowman then hits Balor with a power slam from out of nowhere, Strowman then hits Balor with a running power slam for the three count.
Winner: Braun Strowman