Tonight’s edition of Monday Night RAW emanates from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida and is headlined by the return of Shawn Michaels, who will confront Randy Orton, just 6 days before his WWE Championship match against Champion, Drew McIntyre at SummerSlam.
Before the show begins, let’s see what tonight has in-store...
Shawn Michaels Returns To Monday Night RAW
Will Rey Mysterio Return To Confront Seth Rollins?
Who Will Show Up At RAW Underground?
The show begins with the usual opening video package, but this week, it featured a few glitches, which we can only assume is due to 'Retribution'. We get to the ringside area where the commentary team of Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Samoa Joe run down the events of the evening and out comes the WWE Champion, Drew McIntyre as a video package plays, highlighting the feud between he and his challenger, this Sunday at SummerSlam, Randy Orton as well as Orton's attack on Ric Flair, last week.
McIntyre is in the ring and says what Orton did, last week was inexcusable. McIntyre then brings Orton down memory lane and talks about all the brutal matches he's been in and says those are nothing compared to what he's going to do to Orton, this Sunday. We then cut to the production truck where members of Retribution are attacking WWE producers and the feed goes out and we cut to a commercial.
After the commercial break, we see Drew McIntyre and other RAW superstars, backstage and Drew says at this rate, they won't make it to SummerSlam because of Retribution. Drew says they need to band together and take them out and in walks Seth Rollins and Murphy. Rollins says there's no need to panic, they already have someone that can stop Retribution...the Monday Night Messiah. Drew says nobody cares or respects Rollins anymore. Ricochet and Cedric Alexander mock Rollins as Rollins and McIntyre argue and the other superstars break up the impending fight that's about to break out.
We then head back to the ringside area where MVP is making his way to the ring, being flanked by Bobby Lashley and Shelton Benjamin. MVP calls out Retribution and says The Hurt Business is open for business. He goes on to say while the rest of the roster is worrying about Retribution, while The Hurt Business is calling them out. MVP blames Apollo Crews for being behind Retribution and then says it's not a coincidence that Retribution started wreaking havoc when Apollo Crews came back to face MVP for the United States Championship. The aforementioned United States Champion, Apollo Crews then interrupts and makes his way to the ring. Apollo says all MVP is trying to do is create distractions before their match this Sunday, at SummerSlam, because MVP can't beat him without any help. MVP says Apollo has fear in his eyes...but not because of MVP...but because he knows when he loses that United States Championship, he'll be right back in catering. Apollo says he's right but asks MVP if they can do some business, right now...Apollo proposes that he faces Shelton Benjamin, right now...and if he wins, Lashley and Shelton are banned from ringside during he and MVP's United States Championship match at SummerSlam. MVP calls Apollo a petulant little child and tells Shelton to teach Apollo what The Hurt Business is all about as we head to a commercial break before their match.
In what was a very quick match, Apollo Crews rolls-up Shelton Benjamin for the win after R-Truth, Akira Tozawa and Tozawa's 'ninjas' run around and inside the ring and distract Shelton.
After the match, Lashley and MVP join Shelton in attacking Apollo but Mustafa Ali, Ricochet and Cedric Alexander make the save. As the faces make their way to the back, MVP grabs a microphone and says that The Hurt Business will not go out like that with all these distractions because of clowns like Truth, Tozawa and the ninjas and they he challenges them to a 6-man, elimination tag-team match, later on tonight.
Back from the break and it's time for our next match of the evening...
- Match - Ivar (with Erik) vs Angel Garza (with Andrade & Zelina Vega)
Highlights (Ivar vs Angel Garza)
Result - Angel Garza defeats Ivar
After the match, Angelo Dawkins is shown on the big-screen, where he's backstage with Demi (from the Bachelorette) and Angelo says his mother always told him that you can tell a lot about somebody by the kind of company he hangs around...and he has something interesting that shows the kind of crowd that Angel Garza keeps around him and he and Demi then walk off and Samoa Joe starts laughing and tells Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton that they'll love this footage that they're going to see. Zelina Vega and Andrade overhear Joe talking about it and Zelina asks what it's all about and Joe says with all the of the havoc that Retribution has been causing, it's made WWE officials add extra cameras around the WWE Performance Center and one of the new cameras showed something very interesting. Joe says Zelina in particular will be very interested in this footage and it'll show just how far someone will go when they don't think any cameras are around. Zelina and Andrade walk off and we head to a commercial break.
Back from the break, we see Angelo Dawkins once again, who's backstage with Demi and in walks Zelina Vega, Angel Garza and Andrade, Charly Caruso walks-in and asks Dawkins what the footage shows. Dawkins tells production to roll the footage and we see Zelina Vega, backstage 2 weeks ago and it appears as if she's putting something in Montez Ford's drink and then she runs off. Charly says it looks like it was indeed Zelina that poisoned Montez a couple of weeks ago and Zelina says the footage doesn't prove anything, then she blames Charly for doctoring the footage and says she's just jealous because Garza has been flirting with Demi and doesn't pay attention to her anymore. Dawkins yells at Zelina and gets in Garza's face and then Montez Ford comes flying in and the RAW Tag-Team Champions start beating down their challengers at SummerSlam, this Sunday and the challengers retreat and we head back to the ring for our next match...
Natalya defeats Mickie James via count-out due to a distraction from Lana, but the match only lasted about 2 minutes and during the match, Seth Rollins and Murphy came down to the ring and took the headsets off of Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton and they demand that Samoa Joe tell them if Rey Mysterio is in the building, tonight. Joe messes with them and won't tell them where Mysterio is and Rollins and Murphy get frustrated and head to the back before a commercial break.
Back from the break and we see the WWE Women's Tag-Team Champions, RAW Women's Champion, Sasha Banks and SmackDown Women's Champion, Bayley making their way to the ring.
Sasha and Bayley mockingly argue who will face Asuka at SummerSlam first, since they both have title matches against her, this Sunday. Bayley says she'll handle Asuka first, that way after she retains, Sasha can easily tap her out, immediately after. They then ponder who they'll defend their WWE Women's Tag-Team Championships against 1-week after Payback. Shayna Baszler then interrupts and says it doesn't matter who wins at SummerSlam, because whoever has the RAW Women's Championship after SummerSlam, she's got next. Asuka then makes her way to the ring and starts screaming in Japanese and then laughs. Asuka then says, tonight she and Shayna are gonna beat both Sasha and Bayley. Asuka says after she beats Sasha at SummerSlam, Shayna will get to facer her. Shayna and Asuka stare at each other then rush the ring but the champs escape and gather themselves before this non-title tag-team match gets officially underway...
- Match - Sasha Banks & Bayley vs Asuka & Shayna Baszler
Highlights (Sasha Banks & Bayley vs Asuka & Shayna Baszler)
Result - Asuka & Shayna Baszler defeats Sasha Banks & Bayley
Backstage, we see Shawn Michaels with Drew McIntyre. Shawn says Drew has come way too far to let Orton ruin his confidence heading into the biggest match of his career, this Sunday. Drew thanks Shawn for always believing in him. Drew calls back to his days in NXT, where Shawn works and says that Shawn always told him that he'd be WWE Champion one day and he appreciates that but this is his show and he's let Orton run roughshod over Edge, Christian, Big Show and Ric Flair...and that's not okay. Shawn says Drew slayed the beast, he beat Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania...and he's earned everything that he's got. Shawn asks Drew to promise him one thing...when he goes out to the ring and confronts Randy Orton...that he gives him his space and don't come out to the ring. Drew nods and thanks Shawn.
We then see Shayna Baszler speaking with 2 of her fellow MMA horsewomen...Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke before we head to a commercial break.
Back from the break, we see a video package showing all of the havoc that Retribution has caused over the last few weeks and then our next match is set to get underway...
- Match - Ruby Riott (with Liv Morgan) vs Peyton Royce (with Billie Kay)
Highlights (Ruby Riott vs Peyton Royce)
Result - Peyton Royce defeats Ruby Riott
We then see Shane McMahon, backstage and after a commercial break...it's time for RAW Underground.
After the break, we see RAW Underground where Erik of the Viking Raiders takes out an unnamed gentleman. Dolph Ziggler then jumps in the ring and he and Erik go at it and Ziggler choks Erik unconscious and Ivar chucks Ziggler into the crowd around the ring and we go back to the ring where Rey Mysterio is making his first appearance on Monday Night RAW since his 'Eye For An Eye' match against Seth Rollins at the Extreme Rules PPV, last month, Rey's son, and the aforementioned Rollins' opponent at SummerSlam, this Sunday, Dominik is joining his father on the way to the ring.
Rey says the pain he felt while watching Rollins & Murphy beat down his son with kendo sticks, last week was worse then anything Rollins did to him at Extreme Rules. Rey says he wanted to take that beating himself instead of Dominik. Rey says there's a chance that he may never fully recover due to the eye injury he suffered against Rollins but there's no doctor on this planet that will stop him from being by his son's side at SummerSlam, where his son, Dominik, will kick his ass in a Street Fight.
Dominik thanks Rey but says he knew what he was signing up for when he signed his WWE contract and he knows what he has to do to protect his family. Rey says he's proud of Dominik and admires his willingness to defend the family's name. Rey says if Rollins shows up, he won't make it to SummerSlam. Seth Rollins and Murphy pop-up on the big screen and says it's nice to see Rey back just 6 days before the biggest day of his son's life. Seth says he doesn't understand why Rey keeps putting himself and his son in the way of danger and all of this could've been avoided if he just agreed to be apart of the greater good and got out of the way. Rollins says the real tragedy is that it won't just be Rey, it won't just be his son, Dominik...but it'll be the entire Mysterio family that'll be sacrifices to the greater good. Rey calls Rollins down to the ring, Rollins laughs and says something is wrong with Rey because he only has one eye and his son can barely stand up but to not blame what's about to happen, on him and tells Rey to not move one inch.
Rollins & Murphy make their way to the ring but Rey and Dominik slide of the ring but then they rush the ring with kendo sticks and Rey and Dominik beat the hell out of Rollins and Murphy with them but they're able to escape and retreat backstage, much quicker then Dominik was able to, last week.
We then see Cedric Alexander, backstage and MVP approaches him. Cedric asks MVP what he wants and MVP says that he sees a lot of himself, in Cedric. MVP then says it must've been tough for Apollo not to choose him for their 6-man elimination tag-team match, later on tonight. MVP reminds Cedric that he made him an offer to join The Hurt Business...and that offer still stands and we head to a commercial break.
Back from the break and on RAW Underground, we see Arturo Ruas taking on Riddick Moss. The pair fight into the crowd and it doesn't appear as we have a clear winner and we head back to the ring for a 6-man elimination tag-team match...
- 6-Man Elimination Tag-Team Match - MVP, Bobby Lashley & Shelton Benjamin vs Apollo Crews, Mustafa Ali & Ricochet
Highlights (MVP, Bobby Lashley & Shelton Benjamin vs Apollo Crews, Mustafa Ali & Ricochet)
Result - MVP, Bobby Lashley & Shelton Benjamin defeat Apollo Crews, Mustafa Ali & Ricochet
*During the match, after Shelton Benjamin was eliminated, Cedric Alexander rushed down the ramp and rolled-up Benjamin to win the 24/7 Championship.*
We then see Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir & Jessamyn Duke speaking with Shane McMahon, backstage and it appears as if after the break, they will be headed to RAW Underground.
Back from the break. we actually see Cedric Alexander defending the 24/7 Championship against Akira Tozawa.
Cedric quickly defeats Akira Tozawa but Shelton Benjamin attacks while Cedric is celebrating and wins the title right back from the man who took the title from him just moments ago.
We then go to RAW Underground where Marina Shafir destroys an unnamed woman and wins via a heel-hook submission, very quickly but then Nia Jax attacks Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler challenges Nia Jax to a match and when the bell rings, Nia slides out of the ring and leaves as Shane McMahon announces that RAW Underground is done for the evening and we head to a commercial break.
Back from the break, we see Andrade in the ring with Zelina Vega & Angel Garza and we're about set for what appears to be our final match of the evening...
- Match - Montez Ford (with Angelo Dawkins) vs Andrade (with Angel Garza & Zelina Vega)
Highlights (Montez Ford vs Andrade)
Result - Montez Ford defeats Andrade
After the match, we see members of the RAW roster greeting WWE Hall of Famer, Shawn Michaels as he heads to the ring to confront Randy Orton after a commercial break.
After the break, we see Shawn Michaels making his way to the ring as we see a video package of Randy Orton attacking Ric Flair, on last week's show.
Michaels said that when he watched Flair get attacked, last week, he had tears rolling down his cheek and it was extremely tough to watch. Michaels gets choked up and says that Ric Flair loved nothing more then performing inside of a ring for the WWE Universe. Shawn says if it weren't for Ric Flair, there wouldn't be guys like himself, Triple H, Batista, Edge, Drew McIntyre and even Randy Orton. HBK says for years, Orton had the greatest wrestler of all-time (Flair) by his side for years and was never appreciative. Shawn says he doesn't know how, but this Sunday at SummerSlam, whether it's because of the Sweet Chin Music or a Claymore Kick, he WILL see it coming. Shawn's music plays and Orton appears out of nowhere and plants Michaels with an RKO and follows it up with a thunderous punt-kick to the head as Drew McIntyre comes running out but Orton is able to escape as Drew checks on Michaels and screams for WWE officials to come help Michaels. Orton tries to sneak up on McIntyre but Drew is ready and pummels Orton and tosses him outside the ring and chucks him through the plexi-glass and then goes to check on HBK and this time, Orton successfully sneaks up on the WWE Champion and drills him with an RKO and slides out of the ring as the show goes off-the-air.
That's a wrap for tonight's edition of Monday Night RAW!
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