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We begin this week's show with Stephanie McMahon, welcoming us to Monday Night RAW and then introducing Shane McMahon. The crowd's negative response didn't deter Shane either, asking Mike Rome to introduce him "properly." McMahon next introduced himself 'in French,' irritating the fans and then mocking them as well. However, Shane prevented Stephanie from announcing RAW's newest acquisition, pointing to images of him beating up The Miz and his father instead.
At that point, the man himself arrived, jumping Shane from behind but then being run into the post. Miz fired back though, forcing McMahon to bail with a violent steel chair onslaught.
Following that, we recapped Seth Rollins' Universal Title win before seeing that tonight, Rollins and Reigns will team up with a new addition to take on Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley.
Ricochet, Aleister Black, Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder vs. The Revival and The Viking Experience
Formerly known as The War Raiders, 'Ivar' and 'Eric' are now The Viking Experience. Dawson and Hawkins got this one started, with the former taking control until some tandem offense cut him off. Ricochet and Black then built some momentum of their own, flurrying on The Revival but then being cornered for their troubles. That allowed RAW's new team to enter but Black and Ricochet then rallied, firing back as things broke down in a major way. The champions and Black/Ricochet cleared the ring as a result, leaving their opponents simply watching on.
Back from the break though and The Viking Experience are now dominating Hawkins. After leaving their foe floored, Ivar and Eric then exited, bringing The Revival back in to slow things down. Curt eventually created some space though, bringing in Ryder who run wild on Dawson right away. He then floored Eric too, forcing Wilder to break the fall as chaos commenced. In the end, The Viking Experience were left alone with the champions, dispatching Hawkins and then pinning Ryder via Fallout.
Winners: The Viking Experience and The Revival
Following that, a vignette aired, announcing that Cedric Alexander is headed to RAW!
Finn Balor vs. Andrade
With Zelina Vega by his side, Andrade was here on Monday Night RAW! Vega listed off Andrade's talents and then passed the microphone over, allowing the man himself to unleash a rant in Spanish.
To the action now as Andrade immediately unleashed some strikes, leave Balor floored for 2. A dropkick soon arrived in response though, with Balor firing back to swiftly reset things. A DDT came next but Andrade then cut him off, even briefly using Vega as a human shield. Back from the break and Andrade is still in control, landing strikes in the corner until some evasive action allowed Finn to seize. Balor was the one landing strikes now and he then landed a cuttter of sorts for 2.
Slingblade came next but Andrade avoided the corner dropkick, instead landing his spectacular knees to the head. Balor countered the delayed moonsault though, thinking Coup De Grace but failing twice. Andrade then landed his own back elbow but Balor blocked the Hammerlock DDT, sending Andrade to the floor. He followed up too, diving over Vega but then eating a Zelina hurricanrana for his troubles. That put Andrade on top and he closed the show, hitting his Hammerlock DDT for the win.
A recap of Elias' recent struggles came next and then a signature promo followed. Elias claimed that his music's power brought Cena and Undertaker out, asking why those legends interrupted this one. After unsurprisingly mocking the crowd, Elias spoke over immense boos while promising that if anyone interrupts him, they'll never be able to show their face again. That brought out Rey Mysterio, with the new acquisition using strikes to run wild before messily sending Elias to the floor too. Lars Sullivan then arrived too though, overcoming Rey's speed and eventually hitting Freak Accident and a sit-out powerbomb as well.
Bobby Roode and Chad Gable vs. The Usos
Taking a microphone pre-match, Roode promised that when he and Gable are on their game, they can defeat anyone and that won't change. Gable then invited anyone to test them, and that brought out The Usos.
Jimmy and Chad got his underway, with the latter wrestling himself into control until a sharp kick created some space. That allowed Jey to enter, running wild until a Roode interference cut him off. They then went to work on the floor, using the barricade as a weapon before grounding Jey in center ring. He eventually fought free though, bringing in Jimmy for an explosive hot tag. After quickly removing Gable, Jimmy then hit their patented hip attack for 2.
The former RAW Champions responded though, hitting a blockbuster/German Suplex combination but then having their finish countered. Usos then unleashed a salvo of superkicks, finally closing the show via Double Uce.
Winners: The Usos
We then recapped Roman Reigns' victory over Drew McIntyre.
Alexa Bliss was here next for A Moment of Bliss. Her guest: Sami Zayn. First though, Bliss welcomed us to the show, calling Zayn the perfect man to potentially bid farewell in French. Sami unsurprisingly received a huge ovation, soaking it up as his theme aired on three occasions. Zayn then addressed the crowd in French, promising to "kick it up a notch" and then following up with the 'Ole' chant. Bliss then said that it's fantastic to have Zayn back but Sami soon changed his tone, saying that while he loves this city, it's the people that he can't stand.
He even called this the "low point" of his week, saying that he doesn't even want to be here right now. Alexa was insulted, with Zayn admitting that before his injury, he'd have loved this response. Sami refused to accept the audience's reaction, telling them that they should "be ashamed of themselves." Zayn claimed that these people aren't even fans but Bliss retorted, calling Sami the problem rather than his people. However, Zayn refused ownership of these people choosing to leave just like he already has for Orlando. Sami then indeed departed after all.