We’re in for a hell of a ride on tonight’s episode of Monday Night Raw. Let’s get right to the action now!
Alright, I do need to fill you guys in to what’s going on: Last week, WWE have a superstar shake-up and Raw received some awesome talent from SmackDown Live (Bray Wyatt, Alexa Bliss, The Miz, Dean Ambrose, etc).
Meanwhile, Braun Strowman totally demolished Roman Reigns on last week’s show. It looks like there’s a new big dog in the building.
WWE Monday Night Raw Viewing Details
Opening Segment: Braun Strowman is interrupted by General Manager Kurt Angle
Strowman is in the ring, talking about how he destroyed Roman Reigns last week. Strowman is on a complete path of destruction.
Kurt Angles comes down to the ring to announce Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns for the Payback pay per view.
Angle also gives Braun a night off. But Strowman isn’t having any of it. Give Braun competition or else.
Samoa Joe vs. Chris Jericho
Samoa Joe charges Jericho in the opening moments of the match-up. Joe stomps Jericho into the corner. But Y2J fights back, and has Joe reeling out of the ring.
We’re back from commercial break and Joe has regained control. He’s slowly dissecting Jericho. Y2J fights back once again, but this time Joe crushes Chris’ momentum. Joe makes Y2J tap out with the The Kokina Clutch.
Samoa Joe defeats Chris Jericho via submission
Post-match: Joe starts talking trash to Seth Rollins. Seth stands up on top of the announcer’s table to listen. The Samoan Submission Machine talks about how they first got acquainted in the WWE. Joe reminds Rollins how he put him on the shelf for eight weeks. Rollins seems unfazed and ready for Payback.
Braun Strowman assaults The Golden Truth
Goldust & R-Truth are walking backstage. They are on their way to their tag team match against Luke Gallow & Karl Anderson. But then outta nowhere, Braun slams into both men, knocking them to the floor. Strowman beats the every loving sh*t outta both men until WWE officials (including Finlay and Jamie Noble) come to break it up.
Strowman promises to go through everyone on the Raw roster to make his point.
Back from commercial break: A referee approaches Braun backstage. He tells Strowman that Kurt Angle made it pretty clear that he has the night off. Strowman says he’ll leave when he wants to leave…unless you have a problem with that.
Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. Enzo & Cass
Gallows & Anderson are looking for a new team to wrestler, and guess what? Enzo & Big Cass took the call. How ya doin’?
The match is all Big Cass & Enzo as we get started. They’re completely mopping the floor with the former tag team champions. Anderson & Gallows are laid out by ringside as we go to commercial break.
The second portion of this match goes to Anderson & Gallows. Karl Anderson hits one mean spinebuster.
Right when it looked like Enzo & Cass were going to win. The tide turns once again. Cass hits Luke with a big boot and his momentum sends both big men outside the ring. Meanwhile, Enzo looks prime to put away Karl, but things don’t turn out the way Enzo would have liked. Anderson sends Enzo sprawling from the top rope to the ring. Enzo took one nasty bump to end the match. Lights out for ‘zo.
Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows defeat Enzo & Cass
MizTV featuring WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose
Miz tries to cut into Ambrose; calling him “a joke,” “lazy,” and basically a loser. Maryse says, “the man makes the title, not the other way around, boy.”
Ambrose responds by calmly emptying his pocket and folding his leather jacket. He throw his jacket at Maryse and attacks The Miz. Maryse hits Ambrose with a microphone, which both hurts and distracts The Lunatic Fringe. He turns around and walks towards Maryse. But then The Miz grabs Ambrose for a Skull Crushing Finale. Ambrose tries to counter with a Dirty Deeds, but Miz and his wife slither out of the ring.
Braun Strowman is dragging a crusierweight
We see Braun dragging Kalisto backstage like a ragdoll. Braun disposes the cruiserweight in the trash. But then outta nowhere, Big Show charges and knocks down Strowman. “Why don’t you pick on someone your own size, brah?” says Show.
TJ Perkins vs. “Gentleman” Jack Gallagher
WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville and Austin Aries come out to watch the match.
Gallagher is hilarious as much as he is athletic. “Gentleman” Jack jumps off the top rope with an umbrella like Mary Poppins.
On the other hand, Perkins has got the dab down pat.
Perkins shoves Gallagher into Aries. Now, Austin Aries finds himself locked in the equation. Aries climbs up onto the ring apron, but gets swept to the floor by Neville. Jack is distracted and Perkins takes him out with a Detonation Kick.
TJ Perkins defeats “Gentleman” Jack Gallagher.
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#1 contender Fatal 4-Way match for WWE Raw Women’s Championship: Mickie James vs. Nia Jax vs. Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss
Nia Jax is a real beast in this contest, but that doesn’t do much to stop Alexa Bliss. Bliss even slaps the imposing Jax right in the face. Alexa attempts to retreat from her monstrous foe. Mickie James sorta comes to the rescue, as she drops kicks Jax, sending her to the floor.
Bayley watches on backstage as the match progresses. Mickie and Sasha Banks circle eachother in the ring. They’re a clash of era’s in women’s wrestling going one-on-one in the center of the ring.
Mickie hits Sasha with a big shoulder and knocks her down again with the dropkick. Sasha sends James flying with a headscissors. Mickie lands a neckbreaker on Sasha, but Ms. Banks kicks out at 2 with the help of Nia Jax, who pulls Mickie out of the ring. Sasha flies out and launches herself onto both women. The Boss reigns supreme as we go to commercial break.
Sasha almost made Mickie and Alexa tap out. But then Nia Jax comes in and spoils the fun. Nia looks like she’s about to win, as she sends Mickie James to the mat with a Samoan drop. But then outta nowhere, Alexa drops-kicks Jax out of the ring. She pins Mickie and we have a new #1 contender.
Alexa Bliss wins. She’s the new #1 contender for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship
Titus O’Neil encourages Apollo Crews backstage
O’Neil thinks Crews needs “The Titus Brand” to succeed in this industry. What do you think?
Curt Hawkins vs. Finn Balor
Hawkins is calling out anyone from the back once again. This time…he has to face Finn Balor. Oh, it looks like Finn is all better from his concussion.
This is a complete one-sided squash match. Balor absolutely annihilates Hawkins. Coup de Grâce. That’s a flying top-rope jump on your chest.
Finn Balor defeats Curt Hawkins
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Jeff Hardy vs. Cesaro
After over seven years, Jeff Hardy finally has a one-on-one match on Monday Night Raw. Both Jeff and Cesaro hit big moves. Jeff sends Cesaro to the floor with a flying clothesline. Cesaro gains some retribution by smacking Hardy with a running uppercut into the barricade.
Cesaro levels Hardy with more uppercuts. Jeff comes back with a clothesline, an inverted atomic drop and a leg drop. Cesaro goes for the swing, bu fails. The Swiss Superman comes back with a springboard corkscrew uppercut.
Jeff climbs to the top rope, but gets smacked with a yuge uppercut. Cesaro attempts a superplex, but fails. Jeff comes back with a dropkick.
Cesaro tries to hit Hardy with a neutralizer, but Jeff counters with a Twist of Fate. Jeff goes back to the top rope and flies down with a thing of beauty. A Swanton Bomb.
Jeff Hardy defeats Cesaro
Braun Strowman vs. Big Show
Braun and Big Show brawl before the match. Big Show has the upper-hand early on as he tosses Strowman into the barricade and steel steps. After a minute or more of fighting on the outside, both men finally enter the ring and the bell rings.
Braun and Big Show trade hard-hitting moves. They even do a bit of chain-wrestling and arm bars. Braun kicks out of both a chokeslam and a KO punch. Show kicks out of a powerslam from Braun.
Strowman even hits Big Show with a vertical suplex. This isn’t your typical big man match-up.
Both Show and Strowman attempt a suplerplex from the top rope to no avail. But Braun finally pulls off the big move, which implodes the ring! The referee’s body flies out of the ring like a bomb hit.
Only one monster recovered from the wreckage…
Braun Strowman stands tall
WWE Monday Night Raw Announced Matches
- #1 contender Fatal 4-Way for for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship: Mickie James vs. Nia Jax vs. Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss
- Samoa Joe vs. Chris Jericho
- Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. Enzo & Cass
- TJ Perkins vs. “Gentleman” Jack Gallagher
- Jeff Hardy vs. Cesaro
- Curt Hawkins vs. Finn Balor
- Big Show vs. Braun Strowman